U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson discharged from hospital

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Getting better: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson; Online Photo

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital, a week after being admitted due to “persistent” coronavirus symptoms, a Downing Street spokesman said Sunday.

Chequers is the official country residence of British prime ministers.

“The PM has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery, at Chequers,” he said.

Johnson was admitted to hospital last Sunday and was moved to intensive care on Monday. He spent three nights in Intensive Care Unit and received “standard oxygen treatment,” according to his spokesman, but did not require mechanical or invasive ventilation.

The spokesperson said that on the advice of his medical team, the PM won’t immediately be returning to work.

Johnson announced he tested positive for coronavirus on March 27.

He said he was experiencing “mild symptoms” and would continue leading the country while self-isolating in his apartment in Downing Street.

Johnson’s decision to continue working after he was diagnosed with coronavirus was questioned by some when he was admitted to hospital.

The 55-year-old was taken to St. Thomas’ Hospital in London 10 days later.

The strength with which COVID-19 struck the Prime Minister shook the U.K, where the virus has claimed 9,875 deaths so far, according to a tally by the Department of Health and Social Care. Nearly 79,000 people have tested positive.

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