Less than 24 hours before the Prime Minister’s appearance in the House of Commons, the Labor party had not been informed if Johnson would be fit enough to confront Starmer, the new opposition leader, through the shipping box .
Number 10 said he could not confirm if Johnson would participate after returning to work on Downing Street full-time Monday amid reports that he was “looking forward to leaving”.
He was described by Downing Street as “good” on Tuesday after chairing the daily morning coronavirus meeting, then meeting with the chancellor and cabinet secretary. He spent the rest of the day at meetings, reading articles and making cards.
If he attended, it would be Johnson’s first appearance in parliament since he fell ill with coronavirus on March 27. He was then taken to hospital and spent three days in intensive care and two weeks recovering at Checkers.
However, Johnson is expected to have a phone call with Starmer Wednesday afternoon to discuss the coronavirus crisis, even if he does not answer questions from the Prime Minister.
Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, answered questions from the Prime Minister last week in the absence of Johnson while he was still a member of parliament.
Starmer used his first outing as a Labor leader in the Commons to accuse the government of being much slower than other EU countries in the tests and said his personal protective equipment strategy was not working.