On April 9, the Prime Minister was transferred back to a regular hospital ward. Three days later, Johnson was discharged from the hospital to continue his recovery at home.
In a video message shared on his official Twitter account, Johnson thanked NHS staff for saving his life.
“I have today left hospital after a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question. It’s hard to find words to express my debut 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 said on April 12, before extending a special mention to two nurses. “The reason in the end my body did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching and they were thinking and they were caring and making the interventions I needed.”
Symonds — who was also struggling with symptoms of COVID-19 while pregnant —expressed similar sentiments on Twitter.
“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,” she wrote at the time. “There were times last week that were very dark indeed.”
During the prime minister’s absence, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, 46, chaired the key meetings of the U.K. government and had been given the authority to take over the helm by Johnson.
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