UPDATE: UK prime minister leaves hospital

Boris Johnson, the prime minister, was released from hospital Sunday morning, a week after he was admitted to St Thomas' hospital in London with serious complications from Covid-19.

He spent three days in intensive care before being moved to a general ward. 

Johnson will be staying at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence about 60 kms north-west of London. There has not been an official medical bulletin on the prime minister's condition, but the government announcement has said that "on the advice of his medical team the prime minister will not be immediately returning to work."

The BBC news says that aides of the foreign secretary Dominc Rabb, who has taken over running the government, do not expect Johnson to resume office for what could be a month.

According to the official figures there is still no let up in the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK. The latest government data, released on 11 April and referring to 10 April figures, was 917 deaths in hospital that day, making a total of 9,875. Although The Guardian reported on Sunday afternoon that the total now stands at 10,612.

 

10 April 2020

The UK's prime minister Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care but is still under treatment in St Thomas' Hospital, London.

According to official government information he is now at the early stages of his recovery. There have not been any official medical bulletins about the details of his present condition 

It is however known that Johnson received oxygen treatment during his three days of intensive care treatment but was not put on a ventilator.

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There is no official information about when he will be able to return to work, but it is thought that it will not be for a few weeks. Meanwhile the government is being headed by the foreign secretary Dominc Rabb.

Important decisions are needed next week about plans for the next stage of the Covid-19 emergency. It seems unlikely that the present lockdown measures will be lifted as the health emergency does not appear to have peaked.

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On 9 April according to official government figures there were 881 new deaths bringing the total to 7,987. Positive tests to Covid-19 were 65,007, with the daily figure standing at 4,344 positives. On 9 April the total number of people tested was 298,169 with the daily testing recorded at 16,095. The government has promised to reach the target of 100,000 tests a day by the end of April.

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