UK's PM Johnson moved out of intensive care, restrictions could be tightened

Boris Johnson, London, 23 July 2019, after he won the leadership of the governing Conservative Party.

British PM Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care as he continues to recover from the Covid-19 disease, a spokesman said on Thursday. "He is in extremely good spirits," the spokesman added.

Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital on Sunday evening with a persistent high temperature and cough, and was rushed to intensive care on Monday where he has since spent three nights receiving treatment.

Earlier on Thursday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has been deputising for the prime minister during key meetings, said Johnson was “making positive steps forward.”Raab told Britons it was too early to ease restrictions on public activity imposed March 23 to try to slow the spread of the virus. The original restrictions were for three weeks, a period that ends Monday. But after chairing a meeting of the government’s crisis committee, COBRA, Raab said no decision on lifting the government’s stay-home order and business closures would be made “until evidence clearly shows that we’ve moved beyond the peak” of the outbreak.

Meanwhile the death toll recorded at British hospitals neared 8,000. On Thursday, the UK reported 881 new deaths, down from the 938 recorded the day before. The figures may not be directly comparable, however. Not all the UK deaths reported each day occurred in the preceding 24 hours, and the total only includes deaths in hospitals.

UK officials have suggested restrictions could be tightened if people flock to parks and outdoor spaces over what is forecast to be a warm, sunny Easter weekend. Currently most parks remain open, and people are allowed to go outside for essential work, shopping and exercise.

 

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