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COVID-19: British PM Johnson recovers, leaves hospital

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British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, left hospital on Sunday to convalesce from COVID-19 at Chequers, his country estate.

A Downing Street spokesman said the 55-year-old prime minister will not be immediately returning to work, on the advice of his medical staff.

“The PM has been discharged from 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,” the spokesman said.

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 hospitalised for the disease.

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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.

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