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UK PM, Johnson, discharge from hospital after contracting coronavirus

By News Desk

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital, a week after being admitted for treatment for coronavirus and spending three days in intensive care.

The 55-year-old leader, who was discharged on Sunday, will not be immediately returning to work, on the advice of his medical staff, a Downing Street spokesman said.

“The PM has been discharged from the hospital to continue his recovery at Chequers.  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.”

Johnson, who was admitted to the state-run central London hospital last Sunday and spent Monday to Thursday in its intensive care unit, had earlier voiced his gratitude to his carers there.

“I can’t thank them enough. I owe them my life,” he said in a first public statement since being hospitalized.

The news of his continued improvement contrasted with the overall picture across Britain, as it braces to pass the grim milestone of 10,000 hospital deaths from COVID-19.

The country is now seeing daily death tolls to match those previously seen in Europe’s hardest-hit nations Italy and Spain, after recording nearly 1,000 fatalities on each of the last two days.

The actual figure, amid hopes of hitting a peak, maybe far higher as the count does not include those who have died in care homes and the community.

However, the overall latest number of British hospital deaths — 9,875 — remains well short of the totals in Italy, Spain and the United States.

Globally, the death toll from the virus soared past 109,000 this weekend, with more than 1.7 million reported infections.

Britain’s tally of confirmed cases has climbed close to 80,000, but that is thought to be only a fraction of the true level of infections as testing for the virus has been limited.

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