UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Leaves Hospital Following Coronavirus Diagnosis
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of United Kingdom, is out of the hospital after being admitted for complications from coronavirus.
The 55-year-old prime minister took to Twitter on Easter Sunday to thank England's National Health Service "for saving my life."
"In the last seven days I have of course seen the pressure that the NHS is under," Johnson said. "I want to pay my own thanks to the utterly brilliant doctors, leaders in the field, men and woman, who took some crucial decisions a few days ago which i will be grateful the rest of my life."
He thanked British citizens for abiding by social distancing rules and also mentioned specific nurses that helped him "when things could have gone either way."
"That is why we will defeat this coronavirus and defeat it together," he said, mentioning the work of the NHS all around the country.
He is currently recovering at Chequers, his country estate, according to The BBC.
Johnson was initially admitted to the St. Thomas' Hospital in London a few days after he announced his diagnosis in a video on social media.
"On the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms," he tweeted at the time. "I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe."
He was then transferred to the intensive care unit as his spokesperson said that his his symptoms "worsened," per The BBC.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been assisting in prime minister duties amid the prime minister's bout with the virus that has infected over 85,000 Brits.
He was last seen in public on March 26 when he joined a nationwide clap for NHS where at 8 p.m., millions of people across the country stood on their front doorsteps to clap and cheer for medics as they fight the coronavirus.
Johnson previously issued a lockdown for the entire UK, only allowing people leave their home to shop for basic necessities, exercise once per day, provide medical help or go to work if they’re deemed an essential worker.
Prince Charles also tested positive for the virus. The 71-year-old heir to the British throne has finished self-isolating.
According to a statement from the palace, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, have been staying at their home in Windsor since March 19.
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