Boris Johnson is recovering from a coronavirus in his Checkers retreat.
The Prime Minister is in the 16th century Buckinghamshire mansion after a seven-night stay at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital.
He had been taken to hospital after his COVID-19 symptoms worsened and spent three nights in intensive care.
Speaking in a video released shortly after he was released from hospital on Easter Sunday, Johnson admitted there was a 48-hour period when “things could have gone both ways.”
He paid tribute to the NHS, saying that there was “no doubt” that he had saved his life.
He thanked the “absolutely brilliant” doctors and congratulated the nurses for their “amazing” care, especially two in particular – Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal – who was standing near his bedside.
The PM said: “I left the hospital today after a week in which the NHS saved my life, there is no question.
“It’s hard to find the words to express my debt – but before I get there, I want to thank everyone across the UK for the effort and sacrifice you have made and made. “
He thanked the audience for continuing to distance themselves and isolate themselves, saying, “I believe your efforts are worth it and prove their worth on a daily basis. “
Although he said “the fight is by no means over,” he seemed to offer some hope.
“We are making progress in this national battle because the British public has formed a human shield around this country’s greatest national asset – our National Health Service,” he said.
Johnson will enjoy Checkers and his 1,000-acre estate with his pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds.
It is not known when the Prime Minister will be back at work, but number 10 has said that he “will not return to work immediately.”
Until his admission to the hospital, Mr. Johnson had been isolated and had held remote meetings.
It comes after the UK’s official death toll from the coronavirus past 10,000 Easter Sunday, described by Secretary of Health Matt Hancock as a “dark day”.
The United Kingdom strict social distancing measures to be reviewed on Thursday and it is unclear what role Mr. Johnson might have in these discussions.
Downing Street said it would only consider lifting restrictions on the speech of scientific and medical advisers.
But, according to the Telegraph and The Times, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is about to present a model of the economic impact of extending the restrictions.
The National Institute for Economic and Social Research has produced a report suggesting that 25% of the UK economy could be lost by the summer due to current controls, and The Times reported that Mr Sunak told his colleagues that GDP could fall by a third in the second quarter. .
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Meanwhile, nearly 200 members of the armed forces are deployed to assist the NHS ambulance services in their work during the pandemic.
Their duties will include operating ambulances and taking calls from the public.
Eighty members of the group will be sent to the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to drive emergency response vehicles, larger ambulances, and work at the response center.
In London, 21 medical personnel from the armed forces will transport patients between intensive care units.
Army engineers will support the London Ambulance Service to maintain ambulance suction units and 60 soldiers in Wales are ready to assist paramedics there with non-clinical tasks.
Thirty-seven soldiers were deployed to the ambulance service in the East of England to assist in tasks such as driving and logistics.
The group volunteers as emergency responders in their spare time and trained with the service.