British Prime Minister Boris Johnson left hospital on Sunday and expressed gratitude to the medical staff for his full recovery. The sentimental tone was soon docked by pressing issues on the death toll in the UK which has surpassed 10,000, leaving his government forced to defend itself.
Friday’s death toll of 980 surpassed the highest daily total recorded in Italy, the hardest-hit country in Europe so far.
Reflecting the gravity of the emergency, Queen Elizabeth issued the first Easter message in her 68-year reign.
“Coronavirus will not overcome us,” the 93-year-old monarch said in her second address to the nation in a week.
Johnson, 55, confirmed news of his recuperation on his twitter handle.
“I have today left hospital after a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question,” Johnson said in a five-minute video message posted on Twitter from 10 Downing Street, referring to the state-run National Health Service.
He named and thanked nurses who had cared for him, with a special mention for two of them, Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal, who he said had stood by his bedside for 48 hours “when things could have gone either way”.
“The reason in the end my body did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching and they were thinking and they were caring and making the interventions I needed,” he said.
How soon does The PM get back to work?
He will continue his recovery at Chequers, the official prime ministerial country residence northwest of London, his office said. Health minister Matt Hancock said there was no advice on when he would return to work and it would be a clinical decision.