A woman police officer takes a selfie with Boris Johnson in London. File
Johnson’s office says he left St. Thomas’ Hospital and will continue his recovery at Chequers, the prime minister’s country house. He will not immediately return to work.
Johnson has been in the hospital for a week and spent three nights in the ICU.
Johnson said he owes his life to the National Health Service staff who treated him for COVID-19, ahead of figures on Sunday in which the UK is expected to surpass 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
"I can’t thank them enough," Johnson said in his first public statement since he was moved out of intensive care Thursday night at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. "I owe them my life.”
Johnson, 55, was diagnosed over two weeks ago, becoming the first world leader confirmed to have the illness. His coronavirus symptoms at first were said to have been mild, including a cough and a fever, and he was working from home during the first few days.
But he 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.
While he convalesces, Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to handle the nation's response to the pandemic that has infected at least 1.78 million worldwide and killed 109,000 people. Experts say those numbers seriously understate the impact of the pandemic, due to limited testing and different ways of counting the dead.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma stopped short on Sunday of apologising for the lack of medical masks and gowns but said it is "absolutely right that no medical professional should be placed in a position where they have to make that choice."
"That is why we are making sure we get the equipment to the frontline," he told Sky News.
Johnson, who spent days in intensive care in hospital after he was infected with the virus, said the country was coming "to the end of the first phase of this conflict".
Dr Chowdhury was a locum urologist who worked at Homerton Hospital in East London and died at Queen's Hospital in Romford after testing positive for coronavirus. He was survived by his wife and two children.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Christmas gatherings can’t go ahead and non-essential shops must close in London and much of southern England as he imposed a new, higher level of coronavirus restrictions to curb sharply spreading infections.
During the meeting, which took place in Qasr Al Bahr, President Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the Emirati diplomats and highlighted the critical role they play in showcasing the UAE and its values abroad.
The UAE nationals sustained moderate injuries after the earthquake struck southern Turkey. The Ministry urges all citizens in the countries affected by the earthquake to take precautions.
Court rejected a lawsuit filed by a woman against her ex-husband, in which she demanded that he be obligated to pay her Dhs205,000, claiming that he had borrowed it from her for the purpose of investment but he refused to repay it.