Boris Johnson is recovering from coronavirus at his country retreat of Chequers.
The prime minister is at the 16th-century Buckinghamshire mansion after a seven-night stay in London’s St Thomas’ Hospital.
He had been taken to hospital after his COVID-19 symptoms worsened and spent three nights in intensive care.© Other No. 10 released this video after PM was released from hospital.
Speaking in a video released shortly after he was discharged from hospital on Easter Sunday, Mr Johnson admitted there was a 48-hour period when “things could have gone either way”.
He paid tribute to the NHS, saying there is “no question” it saved his life.
He thanked the “utterly brilliant” doctors and praised the nurses for their “astonishing” care, singling out two in particular – Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal – who stood by his bedside.
The PM said: “I have today left hospital after a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question.
“It’s hard to find the words to express my debt – but before I come to that, I want to thank everyone in the entire UK for the effort and the sacrifice you have made and are making.”
He thanked the public for continuing to socially distance and to self-isolate, saying: “I do believe that your efforts are worth it, and are daily proving their worth.”© PA Boris Johnson is continuing his recovery at Chequers
While he said the “the struggle is by no means over”, he appeared to offer some hope.
“We are making progress in this national battle because the British public formed a human shield around this country’s greatest national asset – our National Health Service,” he said.
Mr Johnson will be enjoying Chequers and its 1,000-acre estate with his pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds.© PA The prime minister was discharged from hospital over the weekend
It is not clear when the prime minister will be back at work but Number 10 has said he will “not be returning to work immediately”.
Up until his admission to hospital, Mr Johnson had been in isolation and conducting meetings remotely.
It comes after the official number of UK deaths from the coronavirus passed 10,000 on Easter Sunday, described by Health Secretary Matt Hancock as a “sombre day”.© 2020 Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 12: Police patrol Downing Street ahead of the daily Coronavirus briefing on April 12, 2020 in London, England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a week at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, including three nights in the intensive care unit, after testing positive for COVID-19. The Prime Minister will convalesce at his country retreat in Aylesbury and will not immediately return to work. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
The UK’s strict social distancing measures are due to be reviewed on Thursday and it is not known what part Mr Johnson might have in those discussions.
Downing Street has said it will only consider lifting restrictions on the word of science and medical advisers.
But, according to the Telegraph and the Times, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is preparing to present modelling on the economic impact of extending the restrictions.© ASSOCIATED PRESS In this handout photo provided by 10 Downing Street, Britain’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak speaks during a media briefing on the coronavirus outbreak in Downing Street, London, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Pippa Fowles/10 Downing street via AP)
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research produced a report suggesting 25% of the UK economy could be lost by the summer due to the current controls, and the Times reported that Mr Sunak has told colleagues GDP could fall by a third in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, nearly 200 members of the armed forces are being deployed to help NHS ambulance services in their work during the pandemic.
Their duties will include driving ambulances and taking calls from the public.© PA Wire/PA Images Health Secretary Matt Hancock leaves Downing Street, London, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in hospital following his admission on Sunday with continuing coronavirus symptoms. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
Eighty of the group will be sent to the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to drive emergency response vehicles, larger ambulances, and work at the response centre.
In London, 21 medical personnel from the armed forces will transport patients between intensive care units.
Army engineers will support the London Ambulance Service to maintain suction units in ambulances and 60 soldiers in Wales are ready to assist paramedics there with non-clinical tasks.© David Cliff/NurPhoto A police officer stands guard outside St Thomas’ Hospital, where British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care with the covid-19 coronavirus, in London, England, on April 8, 2020. Johnson, 55, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday evening with what were described as ‘persistent symptoms’ of the novel coronavirus. He was moved to intensive care on Monday night after his condition was said to have ‘worsened’. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak informed the country today, however, that the prime minister was now improving, sitting up and ‘engaging positively’ with the medical team around him. Across the UK meanwhile, 60,733 people have now tested positive for the coronavirus, with 7,097 having died. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Thirty-seven military personnel have been deployed to the East of England Ambulance Service to assist with tasks including driving and logistics.
The group all volunteer as emergency responders in their free time and have trained with the service.