Boris Johnson pays tribute to NHS staff, fiancee speaks of "very dark" times
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital after spending three nights in an intensive care unit being treated for COVID-19 and will continue his recovery at his country home, his Downing Street office said on Sunday.
Johnson, 55, was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in central London on April 5, suffering from persistent symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus. On April 6 he was moved into intensive care, where he remained until April 9.
There has been little public comment from officials into how ill Johnson has been, but his pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds said on Sunday there had been times in the past week that had been “very dark indeed”.
In his first comments since leaving intensive care, Johnson thanked National Health Service (NHS) hospital staff. “I owe them my life,” he said in comments that were released to journalists and confirmed by his office earlier on Sunday.
A Reuters photographer on Sunday saw Johnson and Symonds, who has also suffered from COVID-19 symptoms, being driven out of Downing Street, in central London, with their dog.