COVID-19: Boris Johnson discharged from hospital

Obinwannem News COVID-19: Boris Johnson discharged from hospital

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital on Sunday after 3 days in the ICU for a severe case of COVID-19.

According to a Downing Street spokesperson, Mr. Johnson will continue his recovery at Chequers, the estate for British Prime ministers.

“On the advice of his medical team, the prime minister will not be immediately returning to work,” the spokesperson said.

“He wishes to thank everybody at St Thomas’ [Hospital] for the brilliant care he has received. All of his thoughts are with those affected by this illness.”

The Prime Minister also released a video statement thanking the medical workers and the British public for their massive support for the National Health Service which he described as the “country’s greatest national asset”.

He said, “The NHS has saved my life, no question, “Though the struggle is by no means over, we are now making progress in this incredible national battle against coronavirus.”

The prime minister heaped special praises on two nurses whom he said stood by his side for 48 hours “when things could have gone either way”, Jenny who is from New Zealand and Luis, a Portuguese.

Johnson, 55, who tested positive for the Coronavirus spent the subsequent 10 days self-isolating in his 10 Downing Street residence. He later checked into the hospital last Sunday when his condition failed to improve. His health worsened the next day and he was moved to the ICU. Downing Street confirmed he received standard oxygen but did not require a ventilator.

Before being hospitalized, Johnson confirmed that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab whom he had earlier appointed to stand in for him should deputize for him “where necessary”. Raab will continue in his role as deputy following the announcement Johnson won’t be resuming work immediately.

Britain has recorded over 80,000 positive cases with 9,875 deaths in hospitals so far.

Globally, the death toll from the virus has reached 109,000 this weekend, with over 1.7 million reported infections.

Chukwugozie Okeke reporting, Obinwannem News

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