Boris Johnson’s return to work on Monday after more than three weeks of inactivity will be a “boost for the country,” said his deputy.
The Prime Minister will resume his full-time duties at Downing Street after a fortnight of recovery from a coronavirus.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who replaced him while he was away, said he was “impatient to leave.”
PM spent a week in hospital, including three nights in intensive care, after being admitted on April 5.
During his hospital stay, he received regular oxygen therapy to help him breathe.
After his release on April 12, Johnson suggested that his condition “could have gone both ways” and congratulated the staff at St. Thomas Hospital in central London for his care.
He did no official government work during his convalescence at Checkers, on medical advice.
But last week, he met with the Queen and US President Donald Trump and also met with high-ranking ministers, including Mr. Raab and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, to discuss the next step in the Kingdom’s response. United to the pandemic.
Raab told Andrew Marr of the BBC that it was good to find the Prime Minister and that his return would be “a boost for the government and a boost for the country”.
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, who as the first secretary of state is the second highest-ranking member of the cabinet, congratulated the other ministers and officials for “intervening” during the Prime Minister’s absence.
When asked if he enjoyed the experience of temporarily running the country, he replied that it “did not do justice” to the task he had been facing and that he had always thought of Mr. Johnson and his family “, especially when we knew it was touch and go.”
As of Saturday, the number of deaths recorded in UK hospitals for people living with the virus has exceeded 20,000. These figures do not include deaths in nursing homes and in the community.
Raab said it was a “dark step” but defended government management of the crisis, saying the death toll would have been higher if the ministers had not followed the advice scientists and made key decisions at the right time.
While the UK was “not there,” it wanted to be in terms of providing protection kits to NHS workers, but insisted that it was doing everything it could and the United Kingdom was “the international buyer of choice” in a context of global shortage.
Opposition parties wished Mr. Johnson good luck on his return, but said he urgently needs to give more details on his approach to ease aspects of the current lockdown next month, if it is deemed safe .
Rachel Reeves of Labor said the UK should “potentially” follow the example of countries like Belgium, Germany and Denmark, which have already reported partial reopening of some businesses and schools.
“We want to work with the government to come up with a plan and put it in place,” she told Andrew Marr.
Speaking on Sky’s Sophy Ridge, Greater Manchester’s mayor Andy Burnham suggested that businesses, including stores, should only be allowed to open if they followed strict social distancing rules.
The former Minister of Labor said that such a “standards-based” approach could be applied by the Health and Safety Executive and would be fairer than favoring different sectors of the economy or parts of the country.