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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson thanks 'brilliant' NHS after leaving intensive care

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson thanks 'brilliant' NHS after leaving intensive care

Boris Johnson has moved back to a general ward at St. Thomas's Hospital.

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Boris Johnson has thanked the "brilliant" NHS staff treating him for the coronavirus.

The Prime Minister waved to nurses and doctors as he was moved from the intensive care unit at St. Thomas's Hospital in London onto a general ward.

Mr Johnson was first admitted to the hospital on Sunday night, before being transferred to the ICU on Monday after his condition deteriorated.

Downing Street announced on Thursday night that after responding to treatement, the PM was now on a general ward.

In a briefing for journalists on Friday, his spokesman said: "He was waving his thanks to all of the nurses and doctors he saw as he was moved from ICU back to the ward.

"They have given him brilliant care and the Prime Minister thanks the NHS for all that they are doing. He is enormously grateful for the care he is receiving."

Mr Johnson is "in very spirits", the spokesman said, but he would not be drawn on when he might be back at work.

He said: "The Prime Minister is just beginning his recovery and he will be taking his advice from his medical team."

Earlier, Mr Johnson's father, Stanley, said his son would need a lengthy period of recuperation before returing to Number 10.

He told the Today programme: "He has to take time. I cannot believe you can walk away from this and get straight back to Downing Street and pick up the reins without a period of readjustment."

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