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COVID-19: British Prime Minister discharged from hospital

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The Prime Minister of Britain, Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital today a coronavirus battle that took him to ‘death’s door’.

Downing Street confirmed this afternoon that he had been released from St Thomas’s Hospital in central London, after being admitted last Sunday.

His time in the care of the NHS included three nights in intensive care receiving oxygen treatment at a tense nation waited for news of his condition.

Mr Johnson, 55, will now head to his official country residence of Chequers in Buckinghamshire to rest, with a spokesman saying that ‘on the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work’.

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As his release was revealed, his pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds, 32, tweeted her praise for staff at St Thomas’s, adding: ‘There were times last week that were very dark indeed.

‘My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.

‘I cannot thank our magnificent NHS enough. The staff at St Thomas’ Hospital have been incredible. I will never, ever be able to repay you and I will never stop thanking you.’

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Because the PM will need time to recover, it means that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is likely to remain in day-to-day charge of running the Government, for the time being at least.

It came as friends revealed how close the Prime Minister had been to death.

They relayed a message from the premier who said he owed his life to the NHS medics and added: ‘I can’t thank them enough.’

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Indeed, a delighted member of his family likened the recovery to a biblical resurrection, and upon hearing he had been discharged from critical care made a timely Easter allusion, saying: ‘He is risen’.

When ‘the boss’ was first moved into intensive care on Monday night, cabinet colleagues took to the airwaves to assure the stricken PM would pull through and hailed him a ‘fighter’.

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