UK nears 10,000 coronavirus deaths as Boris Johnson makes good progress

UK nears 10,000 coronavirus deaths as Boris Johnson makes good progress

Among those who have been infected is Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is recovering in hospital after spending three nights in intensive care.

A Number 10 spokeswoman said on Saturday that Mr Johnson "continues to make very good progress" in his recovery.

"I was told he was waving his thanks to all of the nurses and doctors he saw as he was moved from the intensive care unit back to the ward", the spokesman said.

"His thoughts are with those affected by this awful disease", he added.

Nearly 80,000 people in Britain have tested positive for the virus, among them Johnson, who is in the early stages of recovery in a hospital ward after spending three nights in intensive care.

Downing Street said he had been moved to the intensive care unit as "a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery".

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is back on his feet in his recovery from COVID-19, the government says.

Johnson's battle in hospital comes because the U.Okay. reported on Wednesday its largest each day rise in deaths thus far - 938 fatalities - elevating the general demise toll to 7,097 folks.

In a statement Thursday, a spokesman at 10 Downing Street said British Prime Minister Johnson "has been moved this evening from intensive vehicle".

By the end of the week, Johnson's condition improved, and he was reportedly well enough to walk the hospital halls, do puzzles and watch movies, including the '80s British comedy "Withnail and I" and the three "Lord of the Rings", officials said, according to the Sunday Times.

A handout image released by 10 Downing Street, shows Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaking during a remote press conference to update the nation on the Covid-19 pandemic, inside 10 Downing Street in central London on April 9.

President Donald Trump responded to the "great news" on Twitter and wished the United Kingdom prime minister well. It will take several more days for the pace of deaths to drop and more weeks to draw definitive conclusions that could allow restrictions to be lifted, he added to BBC radio.

Foreign minister Dominic Raab is now deputising for the prime minister.

"We've contacted all of Boris' doctors and we'll see what is going to take place", he said.

Meanwhile, those leading the country's coronavirus response team said Johnson's hospitalisation was a reminder of just how indiscriminate the virus can be and urged Brits to resist the good weather over the Easter weekend and stay at home. "He went on to say that while the prime minister is "not out of the woods yet", his son's diagnosing and hospitalization served an awesome goal... in a sense, it got the whole country to realize this is a serious event".

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