British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to work on Monday after recovering from COVID-19, according to multiple reports citing Downing Street.
Johnson had been staying at Checkers, the prime minister’s rural residence, following his discharge from St. Hospital. Thomas in London, where he was received in early April. He spent three nights in the facility’s intensive care unit.
He was released from St. Thomas’ almost two weeks ago. Upon his release, Johnson recorded a video thanking hospital staff for saving his life.
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“Today, I have left hospital after a week where the NHS has saved my life, without question,” he said.
Boris Johnson – who tested positive at the end of March – was regarded as the first major world leader to get the virus. Before he went into hospital, he had been criticized for moving too slowly in his response to the developing pandemic.
It is returning as COVID-19-related deaths in the U.K. surpass 20,000, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus
Mr boris Johnson said he had developed mild symptoms, including body temperature and coughing, in the past 24 hours.
He said he would now isolate himself in the No. 10 virus, but “when we fight this virus, we will continue to lead the government’s response through video conferencing.”
Mr Johnson’s last meeting was on Thursday night when he applauded among 10 people across the country as a measure of gratitude to NHS employees across the country.
Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.
I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
Mr Johnson said in a video on his Twitter account: “I work from home and isolate myself, which is the right choice.
“But there is no doubt that due to the guidance of modern technology, I can continue to communicate with all my senior teams and lead the national fight against the coronavirus.
“I want to thank everyone involved, and of course our outstanding NHS staff.”
Downing Street said he had been tested by NHS staff at position 10 on the personal advice of British Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty.
The statement added that he would still be responsible for the government’s handling of the crisis.
In the UK, there are more than 11,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 578 deaths.
A spokesman for the prime minister confirmed earlier this week that if Johnson was ill, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab would be the first secretary of state and the elected minister.
Earlier this week, Prince of Wales also tested positive for the virus.
The spokesman said that Prince Charles, 71, will show mild symptoms and “otherwise he will maintain good health.”
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