Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs time to recover from the new coronavirus and is unlikely to return to work soon, his father said Friday, as millions of Britons started a holiday weekend. Easter locked out.
The 55-year-old British leader spent three nights in the intensive care unit at London’s St. Thomas Hospital after his symptoms of COVID-19 worsened. He was discharged into regular service on Thursday evening, and his office said he was “in the early stages of recovery.”
His father said that the Prime Minister should “rest”.
“It must take time,” Stanley Johnson told the BBC. “I can’t believe you can get away from it and go straight back to Downing Street and take the reins without a period of readjustment.” “
Johnson was diagnosed with COVID-19 two weeks ago, the first world leader confirmed to have the disease and is said to have initially had mild symptoms including fever and cough. He was admitted to hospital on Sunday and transferred to intensive care the next day, where he received oxygen but was not put on a ventilator.
Recognizing the gravity of the Prime Minister’s condition, Stanley Johnson said his son “almost took one for the team.”
Critical care specialist Duncan Young said it was “almost impossible to know” how long it would take Johnson to recover.
“He is very sick and it will take time,” said Young. “No one knows in terms of shortness of breath and lethargy in the scientific literature how long it takes to recover. It particularly depends on how sick you have been. “
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As Johnson recuperated in hospital, his government implored people not to travel to see relatives or visit second homes over the Easter holiday weekend as Britain’s COVID-19 toll continues increase.
According to government figures, nearly 8,000 people with coronavirus have died in hospitals in the UK. As the number of new confirmed cases began to level off, deaths approached the highs seen in Italy and Spain, the two countries with the highest number of deaths.
The United Kingdom reported 881 new deaths on Thursday. Italy recorded a record 969 deaths on March 27 and Spain 950 on April 2.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild to moderate symptoms such as fever and cough. But for some, especially the elderly and infirm, it can cause pneumonia and, in some cases, death.
UNITED KINGDOM. According to the authorities, the restrictions on commercial and public activities imposed on March 23 in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus should last at least several more weeks.
“It is still too early to be truly confident that we are taking the turn,” said Stephen Powis, medical director of the National Health Service in England.
Some British officials have been accused of not following their own rules, which prohibits most from traveling outside the home, except for essential purchases and exercises.
Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood was forced to resign earlier this week after traveling twice to her second home.
And Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has been criticized for traveling from London to his home in central England and then making another 60-kilometer trip to visit his parents.
Labor opposition lawmaker Nick Thomas-Symonds said “it is very important for public confidence that Robert Jenrick explains himself and why exactly this trip was necessary.”
Jenrick said he went to his parents’ home to deliver “essentials – including medicine” to his parents, who self-isolated. The delivery of medicines to vulnerable people is authorized by UK foreclosure rules.