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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson released from intensive care

PM was hospitalised ten days after testing positive for the new coronavirus. © Belga

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from the intensive care unit after he was hospitalised with worsening symptoms of the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

Johson was moved into the ICU of St Thomas’ Hospital in London a day after his hospitalisation with “persistent” symptoms of Covid-19 on 5 April.

He will remain hospitalised and will “receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery,” his office said, BBC reports.

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The prime minister took to Twitter on 27 March to announce that he would go into isolation after testing positive for the virus, and said his symptoms included temperature and a persistent cough.

After he was moved to the ICU, his office said he was being given “standard oxygen treatment” and that his condition did not require him being put on a ventilator.

Aged 55, Johnson said he would continue running the country from the hospital and said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would deputise for him where necessary.

Gabriela Galindo
The Brussels Times