Boris Johnson's recovery from COVID-19 is back on his feet, but father says PM is out of practice for a while

Boris Johnson's recovery from COVID-19 is back on his feet, but father says PM is out of practice for a while

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is back on his feet after having spent time in intensive care with COVID-19, while his fellow Britons are advised to avoid the temptation to go out over Easter in the spring sunshine as the death toll of coronavirus rises to 9000.

The UK leader, 55, spent three nights in the intensive care unit at St Thomas 'Hospital in London after a worsening of his COVID-19 symptoms.

On Thursday evening (local time) he was transferred back to a normal ward and his office said he was in "the early phase of his recovery."

Mr Johnson's spokesman, James Slack, said the Prime Minister "was waving his thanks to all the nurses and doctors that he saw as he was being moved from the intensive care unit back to the ward".

"He has spoken to his doctors, and thanks the whole clinical team for the incredible care he has received."

But, his father, Stanley Johnson, said that Mr Johnson needed time to recover, and it was unlikely that he would return to work early.

"He must rest up," he told BBC radio.

"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."

His Downing Street office later said that as part of the treatment he was getting, Mr Johnson had been able to do short walks, between rest periods.

Two weeks ago, Mr Johnson was diagnosed with COVID-19, the first world leader confirmed the disease, though originally it was said that he had minor symptoms, including fever though cough.
On Sunday, he was admitted to hospital and transferred to ICU the next day, where he received oxygen but was not put on a ventilator.

Acknowledging the severity of the situation of the Prime Minister, Stanley Johnson said that his son "almost took one for the team."

Intensive care specialist Duncan Young said it was "almost impossible to know" how long Mr Johnson will take to get back to full health.

"He has been very ill and it will take a while," Mr Young said.

"Nobody knows, in terms of shortness of breath and lethargy, in scientific literature, how long it takes to recover. It particularly depends on how ill you have been."

Mr Johnson's pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds, who also had symptoms of coronavirus, tweeted a rainbow image of hand-clapping emojis — in support of health-care staff.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab standing in for Mr Johnson.