Coronavirus: Johnson reveals “emergency plans” developed during treatment

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Boris Johnson revealed that “emergency plans” had been developed when he was critically ill in hospital with a coronavirus.

In an interview with the Sun on Sunday, the Prime Minister said that he had received “liters and liters of oxygen” to keep him alive.

He says his week at St Thomas’ Hospital in London left him motivated by the desire to both keep others from suffering and to get the UK back on track.

Earlier, his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, revealed that they named their baby boy Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.

The names are a tribute to their grandfathers and two doctors who treated Mr. Johnson while he was in hospital with a coronavirus, wrote Symonds in an Instagram post.

The boy was born Wednesday, just a few weeks after Mr. Johnson was released from intensive care.

In his interview with the newspaper, the Prime Minister described being connected to monitors and found that “the indicators were going in the wrong direction”.

“It was an old difficult time, I won’t deny it,” he said, adding that he kept asking himself, “How am I going to get out of this?” “

Mr. Johnson was diagnosed with coronavirus on March 26 and was hospitalized 10 days later. The next day, he was transferred to intensive care.

“It was hard to believe that in a few days my health had deteriorated to this point,” the Prime Minister told the Sun on Sunday.

“Doctors had all kinds of arrangements for what to do if things went wrong. “

His recovery, he says, was due to “wonderful and wonderful nursing.”

Mr. Johnson says he felt “lucky” since so many others were still suffering, adding, “And so if you ask me:” Am I motivated by the desire to prevent other people to suffer? Yes, I absolutely am.

“But I am also motivated by an overwhelming desire to put our whole country back in good health to progress in a way that we can and I am very confident that we will get there. “

Fewer hospitalized patients

The total number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in the UK now stands at 28,131, an increase of 621 from Friday.

However, England’s deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries, said that the number of people treated in hospitals for the virus had decreased by 13% over the past week.

The government on Saturday pledged £ 76 million to help vulnerable children, victims of domestic violence and modern day slavery, who were “trapped” at home during the foreclosure.

The announcement followed reports of an “outbreak” of violence in the weeks following the introduction of the lockout.

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Carrie Symonds

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Carrie Symonds thanked NHS staff after the birth of her son in an Instagram post


Johnson has returned to head the government since Sunday. But he was at Downing Street a few days before Mrs. Symonds was born.

When posting the photo of their newborn baby on Instagram, she said that her middle name, Nicholas, was a tribute to “Dr. Nick Price and Dr. Nick Hart – the two doctors who saved Boris’ life” .

This offered “a glimpse into the seriousness of things for the Prime Minister” after contracting the virus, said BBC political correspondent Jonathan Blake.

Dr. Nick Price and Professor Nick Hart presented their “warm congratulations” to the PM and Ms. Symonds.

They said in a statement: “We are honored and humbled to have been recognized in this way, and we thank the incredible team of professionals with whom we work at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and who ensure that each patient receives the best care. .

“We wish the new family good health and happiness. “

In other developments:

  • Spain has announced that masks will be mandatory on public transport from Monday. Eurostar also asks passengers to cover their faces
  • Study has identified five rashes – including frostbite-like marks labeled “Covid toe” – affecting certain patients with coronavirus
  • British Chambers of Commerce Called on Ministers to Plan for ‘Cautious’ Lifting of Lockout Conditions
  • Former Chief of the Army, General Lord Richard Dannatt, and Former Chief of the Defense Staff, General Lord David Richards, requested that front line workers at the NHS receive cash bonuses .

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