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  1. #161
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    Boris Johnson's team have just finished a briefing with UK journalists, updating them on the PM's health.

    Mr Johnson was taken into hospital on Sunday after 10 days of coronavirus symptoms, and moved to intensive care on Monday.

    But he went back to the ward yesterday and his spokesman said the PM was doing well, even waving his thanks to staff at St Thomas’ Hospital as he left ICU.

    “The PM is back on a ward and continuing his recovery which is at an early stage," said the spokesman. "He continues to be in very good spirits."

    Downing Street has not indicated when Mr Johnson is likely to return to work, saying this will be guided by his medical team.


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    We've just had an update from Downing Street on the health of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    A spokesman said: “The prime minister has been able to do short walks, between periods of rest, as part of the care he is receiving to aid his recovery.

    “He has spoken to his doctors and thanks the whole clinical team for the incredible care he has received.

    “His thoughts are with those affected by this terrible disease.”

    Boris Johnson left intensive care on Thursday but remains in hospital, having been admitted on Sunday.



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    Sounds like he is going to recover.

    Good news.

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    Update on Boris Johnson's health

    We've just had today's update on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's health.

    A Downing St spokesperson said: “The prime minister continues to make very good progress.”

    He remains in hospital, where he has been since Sunday, but is out of intensive care.


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    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told friends he owes his life to the doctors and nurses who looked after him and the care he received was "exemplary"



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    Boris Johnson has said he owes his life to the NHS staff treating him for coronavirus.

    The prime minister, 55, thanked medics at St Thomas' hospital in London, where he continues to recover after spending three nights in intensive care.

    It comes as UK deaths from the virus are expected to pass 10,000 on Sunday.

    On Saturday, the UK recorded 917 new coronavirus deaths, taking total hospital deaths to 9,875.

    Ministers are continuing to urge people to stay at home over the Easter weekend to curb the spread of the virus, despite warm and sunny weather across parts of the UK.

    In his first public statement since being moved out of intensive care on Thursday, Mr Johnson paid tribute to the medics treating him, saying: "I can't thank them enough. I owe them my life."

    Speaking as she led the government's daily coronavirus briefing on Saturday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the PM needed "time and space to rest, recuperate and recover".

    BBC political correspondent Ben Wright said that "No 10 does not want to speculate about when the PM might leave hospital or be back at his desk, but a return to work does not look imminent."

    "The prime minister is expected to rest and recover in the coming weeks and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will continue to deputise - and will be in charge when ministers carry out a review of the lockdown measures."

    It comes as 917 hospital deaths were recorded in the 24 hours up to 17:00 BST on Friday - the second day in a row that the figure has been over 900.

    The death toll released on Saturday was slightly down on the previous day's 980 deaths.

    However, spikes or dips may in part reflect bottlenecks in the reporting system, rather than real changes in the trend and these figures do not include those who have died in care homes or the community.

    Meanwhile, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has demanded Parliament is urgently recalled in a virtual form - using video links and digital voting - so the government can be held accountable during the crisis.

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has requested urgent talks with Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg and Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to discuss Parliament resuming on 21 April so ministers can be questioned directly.

    He said the Labour Party supported "many of the measures" implemented by the government but set out a list of questions that "need to be answered".

    They include clarity over an exit strategy from the current lockdown, answers over the "ramping up of testing", and the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line NHS staff.

    A spokeswoman for Mr Rees-Mogg said Parliament would return on 21 April and technological solutions were being prepared for the government, Speaker and other parties to consider.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52258980


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    Boris Johnson discharged from hospital

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital after being in intensive care with Covid-19, Downing Street has said.

    Johnson had been receiving treatment for coronavirus at St Thomas' Hospital in London since last Sunday.


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    Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital but won't immediately return to work as he continues to recover from coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

    The prime minister will recuperate at Chequers, his official country retreat in Buckinghamshire, after spending almost a week at St Thomas' Hospital in central London.

    A Number 10 spokesman said: "The prime minister has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery at Chequers.

    "On the advice of his medical team, the prime minister will not be immediately returning to work.

    "He wishes to thank everybody at St Thomas' for the brilliant care he has received.

    "All of his thoughts are with those affected by this illness."

    https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...treet-11972310


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    so how was he treated, was he given any medication and if so what? All these questions need answering

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    This is great news!

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    yes he's risen from the dead on Easter Sunday, how apt. Two days ago he was still in ICU.

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    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it "could have gone either way" as he thanked healthcare workers for saving his life after being discharged from hospital.

    Mr Johnson, 55, was taken to London's St Thomas' Hospital on Sunday - 10 days after testing positive for Covid-19.

    He spent three nights in intensive care before returning to a ward on Thursday.

    He said in a video on Twitter that he had witnessed the "personal courage" of hospital staff on the front line.

    Mr Johnson said two nurses - Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal - stood by his bedside for 48 hours at the most critical time and named several other hospital workers who cared for him this past week that he wanted to thank.

    He said NHS workers "kept putting themselves in harm's way, kept risking this deadly virus".

    "It is thanks to that courage, that devotion, that duty and that love that our NHS has been unbeatable," he said.

    Downing Street said the PM would continue his recovery at his country residence, Chequers.

    "On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work. He wishes to thank everybody at St Thomas' for the brilliant care he has received.

    "All of his thoughts are with those affected by this illness."

    The UK has recorded 737 new coronavirus-related hospital deaths as of 17:00 BST on Saturday, taking the total number to 10,612.

    Dr Ian Abbs, chief executive at Guy's and St Thomas' hospital, said: "It is a great credit to the exceptional professionalism of clinical teams, as well as everyone in the wider organisation, that we have been able to care for the prime minister so effectively, whilst continuing to deliver equally high standards of care to all of our patients.

    "While it is right that we celebrate this good news, our thoughts turn immediately to those who still need our help at this time.

    "On behalf of everyone at Guy's and St Thomas', I'd ask that people stay home to help us save lives and protect the NHS."

    The prime minister's fiancee, Carrie Symonds, who is due to give birth in two months, said on Twitter: "Thank you also to everyone who sent such kind messages of support. Today I'm feeling incredibly lucky.

    "There were times last week that were very dark indeed. My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.

    "I cannot thank our magnificent NHS enough. The staff at St Thomas' Hospital have been incredible. I will never, ever be able to repay you and I will never stop thanking you."

    Ms Symonds has been self-isolating with coronavirus-like symptoms but has not been tested.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-52262012


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    Great news.
    Hopefully he can return to work soon.

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    Need this guy back in the office ASAP. He will get us out of this lockdown, the current clowns in the cabinet are not bold enough to take any proper decision

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Need this guy back in the office ASAP. He will get us out of this lockdown, the current clowns in the cabinet are not bold enough to take any proper decision
    I am wondering what kind of Boris we will see from now - this virus can change peoples lives especially leaders, this will be Boris Johnson 2.0, whether you loved him before or hated him, you views maybe about to change,


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Need this guy back in the office ASAP. He will get us out of this lockdown, the current clowns in the cabinet are not bold enough to take any proper decision
    PM Boris can be stated to be not bold enough either, some argue that the govts confused strategy has resulted in the delay in the lockdown. This amounted to more cases and deaths.

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    I don't think we will see a Boris 2.0, we might see a Boris 1.1.

    Part of me says Boris did contract the virus, but wasn't as bad as the media made out. The other part of me says he milked the situation to perfection, afterall he's a politician.

    One thing is for certain, his approval ratings will head north, he now has the power, leverage, and image, of the 'Messiah'. No jokes, parts of the media are refering to Boris as the Messiah. NHS will be upfront, along with Brexit, Boris will be the saviour!

    You could not have written a perfect script for a budding PM and political spectators.

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    Saga of rumours, denials and admissions took the nation on an emotional rollercoaster

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    Boris Johnson on 12 April after he was discharged from hospital. Photograph: Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty Images
    The rumours began a week after Boris Johnson began self-isolating in the flat above No 11 Downing Street. The story, spread by the prime minister and his aides, had thus far been reassuring.

    Yes, he had Covid-19. But the symptoms were nothing to worry about. Mild even. And at a time when deaths from the pandemic were continuing to climb, Johnson had a firm grip on the crisis and the machinery of power.

    All of this changed on Thursday 2 April. At the lunchtime briefing for lobby correspondents, Downing Street stuck to this soothing script. The PM continued to have a temperature.

    But, subject to medical review, there was every prospect he would be able to emerge from isolation the next day, the press was assured. Seemingly, Johnson had shaken off the virus with the same alacrity as the health secretary, Matt Hancock, back after a short interlude.

    But that did not happen. Over the next five days the public were taken on an emotional rollercoaster; a prime minister who was apparently in good spirits and working hard, was then in an intensive care unit (ICU) and in real danger of “taking one for the team”, as his father, Stanley, would put it. A Guardian analysis of what was said in public suggests the relentlessly upbeat pronouncements from Downing Street were at odds with what was known in private.

    A lack of candour at a time of national crisis? It wouldn’t be the first time ...

    Behind the scenes, colleagues were painting a more alarming picture of Johnson’s health at the end of his first week of sickness. He did indeed have a fever. Left unmentioned, however, was his persistent cough: an unmistakeable splutter. During cabinet video conferences the prime minister’s symptoms were painfully evident. They confirmed the growing seriousness of his condition. One source suggested the PM was coughing up blood. Not true, Downing Street said.

    Covid-19 can take different forms. Many people who catch it scarcely notice. Others grow critically ill. Those with even moderate symptoms can experience chest pains, headaches, cold spasms and extreme fatigue. The disease is novel. Clinical experts agree that the most dangerous phase is week two. Then patients generally start to recover. But some precipitously crash, as the virus attacks the lungs.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-story-illness


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    Boris Johnson 'resting and recuperating' - minister

    On the health of PM Boris Johnson, who is recovering from Covid-19, the communities secretary says: "You know he's resting and recuperating at Chequers" (the official country retreat of the British prime minister, in Buckinghamshire).

    He has had some contact with ministers, but mostly with his private office at Downing Street, Jenrick says.

    We all hope he takes the time to recover, he says, adding that foreign secretary Dominic Raab continues to deputise in his place.


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    The government missed a series of opportunities to lessen the impact of the coronavirus in February and March, it is being claimed.

    According to an investigation by The Sunday Times, dire warnings were ignored from scientists - and the UK lost "a crucial five weeks in the fight to tackle the dangerous threat of coronavirus despite being in a perilously poor state of preparation for a pandemic".

    Government whistleblowers, scientists and emergency planners have alleged there was a complacency at the heart of government in late January and February when it should have been urgently replenishing stockpiles.

    The newspaper says Boris Johnson missed five of the government's key COBRA meetings as the COVID-19 crisis gathered pace.

    It also claims:

    "Little progress" was made in obtaining emergency supplies of masks and gowns in February, with the UK actually sending 279,000 PPE items to China
    The country's last rehearsal for a pandemic was in 2016, and recommendations from that exercise to address a lack of PPE and intensive care ventilators were never implemented
    Preparations for a no-deal Brexit "sucked all the blood out of pandemic planning"
    The British Healthcare Trades Association was ready to help supply PPE in February, but its offer of help was only accepted on 1 April

    Government whistleblowers, scientists and emergency planners have alleged there was a complacency at the heart of government in late January and February when it should have been urgently replenishing stockpiles.

    A Downing Street spokesman hit back at The Sunday Times report, saying: "Our response has ensured that the NHS has been given all the support it needs to ensure everyone requiring treatment has received it, as well as providing protection to businesses and reassurance to workers.

    "The prime minister has been at the helm of the response to this, providing leadership during this hugely challenging period for the whole nation."

    The report comes as 84 tonnes of desperately needed PPE - including 400,000 surgical gowns - arrives in the UK from Turkey.

    On Saturday, it was confirmed that another 888 patients have died in UK hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus.

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    This takes the total number of fatalities to 15,464, the fifth highest in the world.

    As Mr Johnson himself recovers from COVID-19 at Chequers, his government is coming under mounting pressure over the crisis.

    Sir Keir Starmer, the new leader of the opposition, has shattered the fragile truce between Labour and the Conservatives.

    At Beechside, care assistants have moved into the home to stop the virus getting inside

    In a hard-hitting article for The Mail on Sunday, Sir Keir wrote: "The government was too slow to enter the lockdown. It has been too slow to increase the number of people being tested.

    "It has been too slow in getting NHS staff the critical equipment they need to keep them safe. We need to make sure these mistakes are not repeated.

    "And this week has exposed how the government has been too slow to respond to the growing emergency in our social care services."

    Sir Keir also called for the UK to follow other countries in beginning to set out a roadmap on how and when restrictions in certain sectors of the economy will be lifted "when the time is right".

    He added: "This of course must be done in a careful, considered way with public health, scientific evidence and the safety of workers and families at its heart."

    In fact, The Sunday Telegraph is reporting that Mr Johnson has already resumed giving directions to ministers in a series of phone calls, as well as a three-hour meeting with his stand-in Dominic Raab and key staff on Friday.

    https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...id-19-11975328
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    Labour have accused Boris Johnson of being “missing in action” after the prime minister missed five emergency meetings on coronavirus at the start of the crisis.

    Michael Gove rejected the allegation as “grotesque” in an interview with Sky News’ Sophy Ridge, but later conceded that Mr Johnson had not been present at all of the Cobra meetings.

    Mr Gove confirmed the prime minister did not attend five Cobra meetings in the run-up to the outbreak arriving in the UK, stating: “He didn’t. But then he wouldn’t.

    “Because most Cobra meetings don’t have the prime minister attending them.”

    Mr Johnson, who is currently recovering from Covid-19 infection, is facing accusations that he was slow to respond at the start of the pandemic which have now claimed the lives of more than 15,000 Britons.

    When can we really expect coronavirus to end?

    The prime minister only attended Cobra meetings on the virus after more than 40 people had been infected in the UK, according to The Sunday Times.

    An acronym for Cabinet Office Briefing Room A, Cobra meetings are used to discuss crises including terror attacks.

    Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said Mr Gove’s warning that one or two aspects of The Sunday Times story were “off beam” was “possibly the weakest rebuttal of a detailed expose in British political history”.

    He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “None of us expect the impossible, we understand that mistakes will be made in a crisis of this nature, but there are serious questions as to why the Prime Minister skipped five Cobra meetings throughout February, when the whole world could see how serious this was becoming.

    “And we know that serious mistakes have been made, we know that our front-line NHS staff don’t have the PPE, that they’ve been told this weekend that they won’t necessarily have the gowns which are vital to keep them safe. We know that our testing capacity is not at the level that is needed… and now we hear the Prime Minister missed five meetings at the start of this outbreak. It suggests that early on he was missing in action.”

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a9472721.html


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    'Recovering' Boris Johnson holds phone call with Donald Trump

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told US President Donald Trump that he is "feeling better and on the road to recovery", the White House has said.

    In a phone call a short while ago, the two leaders discussed the need for an international response to the coronavirus pandemic and a post-Brexit trade deal, Downing Street said.

    The US added that they also reaffirmed their close co-operation "to reopen global economies and ensure medical care and supplies reach all those in need".

    Mr Johnson is also expected to speak to the Queen in another telephone call later this week, for the first time in three weeks.


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    A New Zealand nurse praised by Boris Johnson for helping save his life when he was struck down with coronavirus has denied suggestions he got special treatment, saying he "absolutely needed" intensive care.

    Jenny McGee, from Invercargill on the South Island, was one of two medics namechecked by the prime minister after he left critical care as he recovered from COVID-19.

    Ms McGee says she was "shocked" when she heard the PM had singled her out for praise.

    Boris Johnson said Jenny McGee saved his life while he was in the intensiv care unit being treated for COVID-19.
    "My first reaction was that it was a joke! I thought my friends were playing a joke on me. I wasn't expecting it... it was totally out of the blue and it was just shock. I couldn't believe that was what he said on TV."

    She says she was getting ready for a night shift when she first heard.

    "Someone texted me saying 'Jenny from New Zealand' and I was like 'wow I think that's me'."

    Ms McGee rejected any notion he was moved into the intensive care unit at St Thomas' Hospital in London when his symptoms did not warrant it.

    "We take it very seriously who comes into intensive care, these patients who come into us it's a very scary thing for them so we don't take it lightly and he absolutely needed to be there," she said,

    Two nurses praised by the Prime Minister for their care of him, have been hailed by their home nations - New Zealand and Portugal.
    The PM had praised the "exemplary" care he received from doctors and nurses at the hospital during his treatment, saying: "I owe them my life."

    "I can't thank them enough," he said.

    "I hope they won't mind if I mention in particular two nurses who stood by my bedside for 48 hours when things could have gone either way."

    He named "Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal" - Ms McGee, and Luis Pitarma, from Aveiro on the west coast of Portugal.

    "The reason in the end my body did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching and they were thinking and they were caring and making the interventions I needed."

    Mr Johnson is currently staying at Chequers, where Number 10 said he was making "good progress" in his recovery.

    https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...-care-11977359


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    UK PM Boris Johnson to be back at work as soon as Monday: Telegraph

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to return to work as early as Monday, the Telegraph reported.

    Johnson has told aides to schedule meetings with cabinet ministers next week to catch up and get up to speed, according to the report on Thursday.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKCN2253KU

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Viper View Post
    UK PM Boris Johnson to be back at work as soon as Monday: Telegraph

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to return to work as early as Monday, the Telegraph reported.

    Johnson has told aides to schedule meetings with cabinet ministers next week to catch up and get up to speed, according to the report on Thursday.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKCN2253KU
    The Daily Telegraph says Mr Johnson, who was discharged from hospital on 12 April, is telling friends that he could return to work properly as early as Monday.

    And Mr Trump seems to be of the view that the PM is ready.

    "He called me a few days ago, I will tell you he sounded incredible," the US president told reporters.

    "I was actually surprised… he was ready to go. I'm very surprised to tell you this. It's like the old Boris, tremendous energy, tremendous drive."

    He added: "Because he called me almost pretty close to when he got out of the hospital, I think he's doing great.

    "He was so sharp and energetic, pretty incredible. He's an incredible guy. He's a friend of ours and a friend of mine, he loves our country, he loves his country a lot… and they're lucky to have him over there."

    The Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State Dominic Raab has been standing in for Mr Johnson for the last few weeks.

    The PM will return to a cabinet divided over how and when to lift the UK's lockdown.

    In analysis for the Sky News website and app, political editor Beth Rigby wrote: "The cabinet is not united on how quickly and extensively the lockdown should be lifted.

    "The health secretary is laser-focused on trying to drive down the death rate and protect the NHS and wants to push down the transmission rate as low as possible before easing the lockdown.

    "Others, including those in the Treasury, have a different set of priorities as they look at the economic cost of shutting down the economy. The longer the lockdown, the worse the damage."

    https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...phone-11977928


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    Boris Johnson will be back at work in Downing Street on Monday and is "raring to go" in the battle against coronavirus, he has told cabinet colleagues.

    Just over a fortnight after leaving hospital on Easter Sunday and spending a week at Chequers, the prime minister will be "back to his normal schedule" following treatment for COVID-19 as he grapples with the dilemma of when to ease the lockdown.

    Depending on doctors' advice, Mr Johnson may host Monday's daily Downing Street news conference and possibly take on the new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday.

    "He is 'raring to go' and will be back Monday," a Downing Street source told Sky News.

    "He had a Chequers meeting with advisers on Friday and he will be meeting the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, and getting back to his normal schedule."



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    The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, has returned to Downing Street, where the government is headquartered, tonight, for the first time since he was admitted to hospital with Covid-19 on 6 April.

    Johnson, 55, spent three nights on an intensive care ward, and was released from hospital on 12 April. He has been recuperating in Chequers since, his country house in Buckinghamshire, and is expected to return to work on Monday.

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    Boris Johnson has revealed "contingency plans" were made while he was seriously ill in hospital with coronavirus.

    In an interview with the Sun on Sunday, the PM says he was given "litres and litres of oxygen" to keep him alive.

    He says his week in London's St Thomas' Hospital left him driven by a desire to both stop others suffering and to get the UK "back on its feet".

    Earlier, his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, revealed they had named their baby boy Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.

    The names are a tribute to their grandfathers and two doctors who treated Mr Johnson while he was in hospital with coronavirus, Ms Symonds wrote in an Instagram post.

    The boy was born on Wednesday, just weeks after Mr Johnson's discharge from intensive care.

    In his newspaper interview, the prime minister describes being wired up to monitors and finding the "indicators kept going in the wrong direction".

    "It was a tough old moment, I won't deny it," he's quoted as saying, adding that he kept asking himself: "How am I going to get out of this?"

    Mr Johnson had been diagnosed with coronavirus on March 26 and was admitted to hospital 10 days later. The following day, he was moved to intensive care.

    "It was hard to believe that in just a few days my health had deteriorated to this extent," the prime minister tells the Sun on Sunday.

    "The doctors had all sorts of arrangements for what to do if things went badly wrong."

    His recovery, he says, was down to "wonderful, wonderful nursing".

    Mr Johnson says he felt "lucky", given so many others were still suffering, adding: "And so if you ask me, 'Am I driven by a desire to stop other people suffering?' Yes, I absolutely am.

    "But I am also driven by an overwhelming desire to get our country as a whole back on its feet, healthy again, going forward in a way that we can and I'm very confident we'll get there."

    Fewer patients hospitalised

    The total number of reported coronavirus-related deaths in the UK now stands at 28,131 - an increase of 621 on Friday's figure.

    However, England's deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said the number of people being treated in hospitals for the virus had fallen by 13% over the past week.

    On Saturday, the government pledged £76m to support vulnerable children, victims of domestic violence and modern slavery, who were "trapped" at home during the lockdown.

    The announcement followed reports of a "surge" in violence in the weeks since the lockdown was introduced.

    Mr Johnson has been back in charge of the government since last Sunday. But he was in Downing Street a matter of days before Ms Symonds gave birth.

    When posting their newborn's photograph on Instagram, she said his second middle name, Nicholas, was a tribute to "Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart - the two doctors that saved Boris' life".

    This offered "an insight into just how serious things were for the prime minister" after contracting the virus, said BBC political correspondent Jonathan Blake.

    Dr Nick Price and Prof Nick Hart offered their "warm congratulations" to the PM and Ms Symonds.

    They said in a statement: "We are honoured and humbled to have been recognised in this way, and we give our thanks to the incredible team of professionals who we work with at Guy's and St Thomas' and who ensure every patient receives the best care.

    "We wish the new family every health and happiness."

    In other developments:

    Spain has announced that masks will be compulsory on public transport from Monday. Eurostar is also asking its passengers to cover their faces
    A study has identified five rashes - including chilblain-like marks labelled "Covid toe" - affecting some coronavirus patients
    The British Chambers of Commerce has called on ministers to set out plans for a "carefully phased" lifting of lockdown conditions
    Former Army head General Lord Richard Dannatt and ex-chief of the defence staff General Lord David Richards have called for front-line NHS workers to be given cash bonuses

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52517996


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    He may have to self-isolate again....

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    Business Secretary Alok Sharma met the prime minister and chancellor in No 10 the day before he became unwell in the Commons, Downing Street has said.

    The PM's official spokesman said the 45-minute meeting held in the cabinet room on Tuesday was socially distanced.

    Mr Sharma is now self-isolating at home and is waiting for the result of a coronavirus test.

    He had looked uncomfortable in the Commons on Wednesday, mopping his brow several times while speaking.

    While it is unknown if Mr Sharma has the virus, it has added to the row over virtual proceedings in Parliament.

    Earlier this week, MPs voted to return to physical sittings in Parliament - with additional motions due later to allow members who cannot attend due to age and health issues to participate via Zoom and to vote via proxy.

    But critics have said the motions do not go far enough, calling it "irresponsible" to return during the outbreak and saying it puts MPs, their families and their constituents at risk.

    Mr Sharma was pictured in Downing Street on Tuesday, when he attended a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak in No 10. He then took part in votes in the Commons later that day.

    The PM's official spokesman said those at the Downing Street meeting "were all 2m apart".

    "Meetings in Number 10 are all socially distanced," he said.

    If Mr Sharma has a positive coronavirus test "he will work with the test and trace service", the spokesman said.

    The Reading West MP was also in the Commons on Wednesday for the second reading of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, when he began to feel unwell.

    During the debate, Mr Sharma's opposite number, shadow business secretary Ed Miliband, passed him a glass of water at one point.

    Mr Miliband subsequently sent his best wishes to Mr Sharma for a quick recovery.

    The House of Commons authorities said "additional cleaning" had taken place, following the debate.

    Although it is not yet known if Mr Sharma has contracted coronavirus, if his test comes back positive, the government advice is for his "close contacts" to self-isolate for 14 days.

    Those who count as close contacts are either:

    People you have direct contact with - such as sexual partners, household members or people with whom you have had face-to-face conversations at a distance of less than 1m

    'Lead by example'

    It comes amid a row among MPs over the return to physical sittings in Parliament.

    Labour's shadow leader of the House, Valerie Vaz, said stopping the so-called hybrid proceedings was "putting people's lives at risk" - and she called for virtual measures to be in place until the R number had gone down and the government's alert level had fallen.

    But Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said Parliament should "lead by example".

    He said: "Across the country people are going back to work. How can we look teachers in our constituency in the eye when we are asking them to go back to work and we are saying we are not willing to?

    "We have to be back here delivering on the legislative programme and being held to account."

    Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael is expected to apply for an emergency debate later on how to conduct business in the Commons during the pandemic.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-52924296


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