On this file photograph taken on February 26, 2020 Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Avenue in central London, to participate in Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on the Home of Commons. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who’s recovering after contracting the brand new coronavirus, is “in very good shape,” Well being Secretary Matt Hancock stated on Friday.
Johnson, 55, spent every week in hospital, together with three days in intensive care, earlier than being discharged on April 12.
“I spoke to him yesterday, he is in very good shape and is clearly recovering,” Hancock informed Sky Information, however stated it was not but recognized when he would return to work.
“I am sure he will come back as soon as his doctors recommend it,” amid hypothesis Johnson would return to his Downing Avenue workplace on Monday.
“The decision has not been made but he is taking calls and staying in touch.”
Hancock, who himself contracted the virus, stated Johnson had spoken to Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump in latest days.
The US chief informed a Washington press convention on Thursday that Johnson was filled with “tremendous energy.”
“He called me a few days ago, I will tell you he sounded incredible,” Trump stated.
“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.”
Britain has been one of many hardest hit international locations by the pandemic with 18,738 hospital deaths.
Nevertheless, the loss of life toll may very well be a lot larger as soon as officers rely fatalities at care properties and in the neighborhood, which take longer to be included within the official statistics.
Johnson’s authorities has launched a lot of social distancing measures to cease the unfold of the illness.
Hancock additionally stated Friday that it was “too soon” to loosen up the measures in place over fears of a “second wave” of the virus.