After a week in the hospital and three nights in intensive care, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus last month, has been released from London's St. Thomas's hospital. He will be recovering for a bit at Chequers before returning his duties at 10 Downing Street, per the advice of his medical team.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital and will continue his recovery at Chequers— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) April 12, 2020
BREAKING: Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital and he will continue his recovery at Chequers - on the advice of his medical team he will not immediately be returning to work, Downing Street says.— SkyNews (@SkyNews) April 12, 2020
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"I have today left hospital after a week in which the NHS saved my life, no question," Johnson said in a video message after his release.
He specifically thanked two nurses who were by his side for a critical 48 hours of his hospitalization.
It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS for saving my life.— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 12, 2020
The efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it. Together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past. #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/HK7Ch8BMB5
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who Johnson asked to deputize for him while in the hospital, remains in charge of the government.
Leaders around the globe cheered the prime minister's improving condition.
Congratulations to my friend @BorisJohnson, may you go from strength to strength! ????????— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) April 12, 2020
Johnson's pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds, got very candid about the ordeal.
I cannot thank our magnificent NHS enough. The staff at St Thomas’ Hospital have been incredible. I will never, ever be able to repay you and I will never stop thanking you. ??— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) April 12, 2020
There were times last week that were very dark indeed. My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) April 12, 2020
Thank you also to everyone who sent such kind messages of support. Today I’m feeling incredibly lucky.— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) April 12, 2020