THE hashtag #ClapforBoris has been trending on Twitter today after a campaign was launched to show support for the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson was taken into intensive care last night after being admitted to hospital on Sunday with persistent coronavirus symptoms.

The 55-year-old Tory leader is said to be in a “stable” condition, and his official spokesperson said he had received “standard oxygen treatment” – but no other breathing assistance.

Now some are calling for the public to clap to show support for Johnson in a similar fashion to the recent Thursday night UK-wide applause for frontline NHS staff.

But not everybody supports the suggestion. Some say while they wish Johnson a quick recovery in his fight against Covid-19, it would not be right to replicate the UK’s now-weekly show of support for NHS workers for the Prime Minister.

Journalist and activist Sonia Poulton tweeted to say doing so would be “forgetting what his party has done to vulnerable people and the NHS in the last 10 years”.

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And women’s rights activist Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu said such an act would be to “hijack” the clap for the NHS. She posted to say people should not “claim selective amnesia and forget this Govt incompetence”.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sent her will wishes to Johnson this afternoon, saying: "We are all willing you on Boris, get well soon."

Sturgeon said the Prime Minister's illness showed that the virus "simply doesn't discriminate".

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