BORIS Johnson was “pretty scared” by the coronavirus after the disease “really hit him hard”.
Conservative sources say he is now resisting calls to end the lockdown early because of his battle with the virus.
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A Conservative MP told The Times that fighting for his life in critical care had changed the Prime Minister.
They said, “The Prime Minister is in a funny place, I think he is scared enough.
“His illness and the doctors’ warning really hit him hard.
“Finding himself floored like that entered his head.
“He became really hesitant. “
Mr. Johnson still doesn’t work, but instead gets daily updates from his team.
With frequent phone calls from his replacement Dominic Raab, the PM is expected to return to work in two weeks.
He intervenes amid a Cabinet disagreement on whether to end the foreclosure too soon to avoid a second wave, or to lift it to try to avoid a more serious economic crisis.
Johnson said in March that he expects the country can “reverse the trend” in 12 weeks.
Now recuperating at Checkers after he was discharged from the hospital a week ago, the Prime Minister is considered one of the “doves” who oppose the early lifting of the lock.
He is joined by Secretary of Health Matt Hancock, who also contracted the virus.
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The “hawks” are the most concerned about the economic impact of a long-term closure and want to ease the restrictions sooner.
These would include Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Commercial Secretary Liz Truss and Cabinet Minister Michael Gove.
Foreign Minister Raab, Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson, and Secretary of Affairs Alok Sharma are reportedly undecided.
Britain has been in a complete lockout for four weeks – since March 23 – and should at least have another two weeks of closure.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said plans to lift certain foreclosures could be presented this week.
She said earlier that their goals will be to remove the virus while restoring some sort of normalcy, adding, “We will have to learn to live with this virus. “
It intervened when the UK announced 449 additional coronavirus deaths, bringing the total death toll to 16,509.
It’s the lowest daily number in a fortnight since April 6 when 439 victims were confirmed.
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