- Stanley Johnson, the Prime Minister's father, said the whole family was “tremendously grateful” his son had been moved out of intensive care.
- In the absence of Boris Johnson, the interim minister in charge of the cabinet is Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
- Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is being criticized for visiting his parents despite official messages to the British to stay home.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came out of intensive care on Thursday evening, where he had been for days. He was transferred to another section of London’s St Thomas hospital and placed “under close supervision during the initial phase of his healing,” the prime minister’s spokesman said.
“The Prime Minister has been moved this evening [Thursday] from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery. He is in extremely good spirits,” the spokesperson said on Thursday.
Stanley Johnson, the Prime Minister’s father, said the whole family was “tremendously grateful” his son had been moved out of intensive care, adding that he thinks his son’s illness has “got the whole country to realize this is a serious event.” Boris is not yet “out of danger” and has to “take time” to recover from coronavirus infection, Stanley told the BBC on Friday.
“He must rest up,” the elder Johnson said. “He almost took one for the team and we’ve got to make sure we play properly now.” Stanley added, “He has to take time. I cannot believe you can walk away from this and get straight back to Downing Street and pick up the reins without a period of readjustment.”
In his opinion, the illness that affected his son highlights the severity of the pandemic: “I do think about this whole event of Boris going into intensive care, and now . . . coming out, it has actually served an amazing purpose,” he said. “In a sense, it’s got the whole country to realize this is a serious event. If it can hit the prime minister, for heaven’s sake, well it does come close to home.”
In the absence of Boris Johnson, the interim minister in charge of the cabinet is Foreign Minister Dominic Raab. The government on Thursday warned the British that, due to the worsening epidemic, they should prepare for an extension of the isolation measures, planned for three weeks, in principle, until Monday.
However, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is being criticized on the front page of many newspapers for going to visit his parents, at a distance of 60 km, despite official messages to the British to stay home. Jenrick justified himself on Twitter by saying he was delivering some essentials, including medicines. “They are both self-isolating due to age and my father’s medical condition and I respected social distancing rules,” he tweeted.
Boris Johnson was transferred to intensive care four days ago, after his coronavirus infection condition worsened. The announcement was made by Downing Street, in a statement.
“The prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus. Over the course of [Monday] afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital. The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks to all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”