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Boris Johnson is out of hospital after fighting coronavirus in intensive care

Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital and will now continue to recover from coronavirusat Chequers, his country home. 

The Prime Minister was admitted to hospital last Sunday with ‘persistent coronavirus symptoms’ after testing positive for Covid-19 at the end of March. He was then moved to intensive care on Monday evening, but was taken back to a general ward on Thursday. 

A spokesperson said today: ‘The PM has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery, at 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.’

While in hospital he was described as being in ‘high spirits’ by a Downing Street spokesperson, and was said to be boosted by a letter from his partner Carrie Symonds, who is expecting the couple’s first child.

Ms Symonds said in a statement today that she ‘cannot thank our magnificent NHS enough’ for helping Johnson. 

She continued: ‘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.’

The PM previously thanked the NHS staff who had treated him from inside the hospital, stating that he ‘owed them’ his life.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his personal battle with the coronavirus “could have gone either way” and said there was “no question” doctors saved his life, speaking in a candid video message after leaving hospital Sunday.

The UK leader checked into hospital a week ago and spent three days in intensive care after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the end of March, the most high-profile leader to come down with the virus.

Dressed in a suit and tie, Johnson thanked his doctors and vowed to help Britain defeat the virus as the country’s death toll topped 10,000 Sunday — a grim milestone only a handful of countries have passed.

“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,” said Johnson, referring to the state-run National Health Service (NHS) staff who cared for him at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital.

He said he was discharged after “a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question”, and officials said he would now convalesce at Chequers, the country estate of British prime ministers, on the advice of his medical team.

“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,” he said of the medical staff.

He added that Britain “will defeat this coronavirus and defeat it together” as he implored citizens to maintain a nationwide lockdown imposed three weeks ago.

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