UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson out of intensive care as he continues coronavirus recovery

By Zach Harper, with files from Heather Cichowski

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson out of intensive care as he continues coronavirus recovery

Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom's prime minister, is no longer in an intensive care unit as he continues to recovery from COVID-19.

The 55-year-old, who tested positive for the coronavirus last month, was placed in the ICU on April 6, a day after he was admitted to hospital due to the illness.

"The prime minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery," Downing Street said in a statement on April 9. "He is in extremely good spirits."

Earlier in the day, a spokesperson told CNN Boris's condition was improving and he had been receiving "standard oxygen treatment." Rishi Sunak, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer (Canada's equivalent title is Minister of Finance) said the head of government was "sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team."

On April 7, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was made the prime minister's deputy during the period, said Boris was not on ventilation and was also not suffering from pneumonia, which is one of the complications from the illness.

At the end of March, the UK PM took to Twitter to reveal he had mild symptoms of COVID-19 and he would be self-isolating and continuing to work from home.

"Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he penned. "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives."

We're glad to hear Boris is doing better, and we wish him well and a speedy recovery from COVID-19.

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