Downing Street: Boris Johnson focusing on health over work

The PM is recuperating at Chequers in Buckinghamshire

Monday, April 13, 2020

Boris Johnson is focusing on his coronavirus recovery rather than government work after being discharged from hospital, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister will be taking time in his country residence, Chequers in Buckinghamshire, to recuperate after spending a number of days in intensive care.

According to his official spokesman, Mr Johnson tested negative for Covid-19 on leaving hospital, which he said was “standard practice”.

He added: “The Prime Minister is focusing on his recovery and he is not currently carrying out government work.

“Having been discharged from hospital he is continuing his recovery at Chequers.

“And, on the advice of his medical team, the Prime Minister is not immediately returning to work.”

Pressed on the severity of Mr Johnson’s illness his spokesman said: “As we set out, his condition did worsen over the course of last Monday afternoon and he had to be moved to the intensive care unit.

“Now, clearly, if a person is moved to intensive care, that means that they are requiring a significant level of specialist treatment.”

In a video message yesterday the Prime Minister said there was a 48-hour period during his hospital stay when “things could have gone either way”.

Mr Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant with their first child, thanked the staff at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital and hailed the “magnificent NHS”.

She wrote on Twitter: “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.”

Asked why he was at Chequers and not his primary residence at Number 10, Mr Johnson’s spokesman said it is considered to be a “suitable place” for the PM to continue his recovery.

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