US President Donald Trump said Americans were praying for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's recovery, after it emerged the British leader was transferred in intensive care as his COVID-19 symptoms worsened. The remarks came as Trump was speaking to the press in Washington DC on Monday.

"I also want to send best wishes to a very good friend of mine and a friend to our nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson. We are very saddened to hear that he was taken into intensive care this afternoon", said the US leader, referring to Johnson as 'strong' and 'resolute.'

The US president also announced that he asked two US pharmaceutical companies working on experimental drugs to contact Johnson's doctors in London to discuss potential treatment.

"Their London office has whatever they need and we'll see if we can be of help," he added, stressing that the two companies had "really advanced therapeutics."

Speaking about the US coronavirus response, Trump confirmed that the US Army Corps of Engineers were building twenty-two field hospitals and alternate care sites in eighteen states of the country.

He added that 8,450 hospital beds and over 8,000 ventilators had been deployed in the battle against COVID-19.

At least 366,614 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus in the US. As many as 10,000 have died from the respiratory infection in the country.

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