Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital and is to continue his recovery at his country residence Chequers, Downing Street has said.
In a video posted on his Twitter account on Sunday, the Prime Minister said there is ‘no question’ that the NHS saved his life.
“It’s hard to find the words to express my debt”, he said in the video. He also paid tribute to healthcare staff that have supported him over the past week, paying special thanks to two nurses – Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portgual, saying they had “stood by my bedside for 48 hours when things could have gone either way”.
The Prime Minister announced on 27 March that he had tested positive for COVID-19 after displaying mild symptoms. Last Sunday evening, he was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London as a precautionary measure for tests.
His condition worsened on Monday and he was moved into intensive care, during which time he was supported with oxygen but did not require use of a ventilator. He remained in intensive care until Thursday when he was then moved to a low-dependency ward.
Downing Street said on Sunday, “on the advice of his medical team, the prime minister will not be immediately returning to work”.
The PM has also thanked Britons for complying with the government’s lockdown measures over the sunny Easter weekend.
Dr Ian Abbs, chief executive at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, whose staff cared for the Prime Minister said;
“I am incredibly proud of the staff who have cared for the prime minister and pleased that he is now able to continue his recovery at home.
“I want to pay tribute to the teams whose dedication, skill and compassion made this possible.”
Dr Abbs added that his thoughts turn immediately to those who still need help and he urged the public to stay at home ‘to help us save lives and protect the NHS’.
Photo Credit: Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street under licence (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)