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Boris Johnson out of intensive care and in ‘extremely good spirits’ as he fights coronavirus

Boris Johnson out of intensive care and in ‘extremely good spirits’ as he fights coronavirus

Boris Johnson has not been seen in public since last Thursday.

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Boris Johnson has been moved from intensive care and is in “extremely good spirits”, Downing Street has announced.

The Prime Minister, who was admitted to St Thomas’s Hospital in London on Sunday night after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, has now been moved to a general ward for monitoring.

In a statement, a Number 10 spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery.
“He is in extremely good spirits.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: "So good that the Prime Minister is out of intensive care and on the road to recovery.

"The NHS is there for us all and I know our amazing NHS staff have given him their characteristic world-class care."

Mr Johnson was first diagnosed with the potentially-deadly illness two weeks ago.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been deputising for him since he was admitted intensive care on Monday night, and has chaired daily meetings of the Covid-19 government team tasked with leading the response to the outbreak.

Earlier on Thursday, Number 10 said the Prime Minister's condition was improving and he was continuing to breathe unaided.

Mr Johnson’s spokesperson added: "The Prime Minister and Number 10 are hugely grateful for all of the messages of support the PM has received and he thanks NHS staff for the brilliant care he has been receiving."

The PM was last seen in public last Thursday after he emerged from 11 Downing Street to take part in the weekly Clap for Carers.

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