Updated: February 25, 2021
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested negative for the coronavirus after a close close shave with death, his spokesman, James Slack, said on Monday.
The 55-year old Prime Minister was discharged from St. Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday and went to Chequers, the prime minister’s country residence, around 40 miles northwest of the capital.
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“It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS for saving my life. The efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it. Together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past. #StayHomeSaveLives,” Boris Johnson tweeted on Monday.
“I thank you because so many millions and millions of people across this country have been doing the right thing, millions going through the hardship of self-isolation faithfully, patiently, and with thought and care for others as well as themselves,” he said.
Boris Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’ on April 5 after his condition worsened and he was transferred the following day to its intensive care unit, where he received oxygen but was not put onto a ventilator.
On Sunday, Johnson’s pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds, also expressed thanks for the NHS and staff at the hospital. She was also sickened with the virus.
“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,” she tweeted.
Fox News noted that “Johnson’s move had raised questions and concerns about how the British government would run, especially considering that the line of succession is not explicitly set out in the unwritten British Constitution. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had been deputized “where necessary” in Johnson’s absence and was conducting daily cabinet meetings as well as daily government briefings to the public in Johnson’s place.”