Boris Johnson’s spokesman says the British Prime Minister is continuing his recovery from COVID-19 and, on the advice of his doctors, is “not immediately returning to work.”
Johnson was discharged from St. Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday and then went to Chequers, the prime minister’s country residence, around 65km northwest of the capital.
Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’ on April 5 after his condition worsened and he was transferred the following day to its intensive care unit, where he received oxygen but was not put onto a ventilator.
He spent three nights there before moving back to a regular hospital ward. After leaving the hospital, Johnson expressed his gratitude to the staff of the National Health Service for saving his life when it could have “gone either way.”
“It’s hard to find word to express my debt,” he said in a statement on Sunday.
“In the last seven days I have, of course, seen the pressure that the NHS is under. I’ve seen the personal courage, not just of the doctors, the nurses, but of everyone – the cleaners, the cooks, the health care workers of every description, physios, radiographers, pharmacists who’ve kept coming to work, kept putting themselves in harm’s way, kept risking this deadly virus.
“It is thank to that courage, that devotion, that duty and that love that our NHS has been unbeatable.”
Slack said Johnson spoke over the weekend to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has been deputising for the prime minister during his illness.
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