Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street amid pressure to ease lockdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street in London late on Sunday, following his recovery from Covid-19, a government spokesperson confirmed to dpa. Johnson will resume work at the official London residence of the premier on Monday. He had been recuperating at Chequers, the prime minister's residence outside London, after being released from hospital on 12 April.

Johnson is understood to have conducted a three-hour meeting on Friday ahead of his return with senior cabinet members including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has been filling in for him, Britain's Press Association news agency reported.

Johnson's return to work comes at a crucial time, as pressure mounts on the government to ease coronavirus lockdown measures. Johnson's government has been criticized for what some say was a delayed and ambivalent response to the spread of the disease, which has spread worldwide since first being reported in China late last year.

The number of deaths in UK hospitals from the coronavirus has risen to 20,732 – an increase of 413 in the last 24 hours

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