Prime minister Boris Johnson (55) returned to work this morning two weeks after recovering from COVID-19. The Prime minister arrived at Number 10 Downing Street in London last night after convalescing at his Chequers residence.
Johnson, the first world leader to be struck by the virus, was admitted to the St. Thomas Hospital in London on Sunday, April 5 with ‘persistent symptoms including a fever as precautionary measure. Johnson first went into self-isolation on March 27 when he revealed in a video on social media that he was experiencing mild symptoms of a temperature and a persistent cough. By April 6th, Johnson was moved to the intensive ward when his conditioned worsened. Johnson was released on Easter Sunday and is reporting back for duty this morning with a sobering message.
In a statement this morning outside his official residence, Number 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister looking visibly recovered said, “Good morning, I am sorry that I have been away from my desk for much longer than I would have liked,” he began, ” and I want to thank everybody who has stepped up, particularly the First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, who has done a terrific job. Once again, I want to thank you the people of this country for the sheer grit and guts you’ve shown and are continuing to show. Everyday, I know that this virus brings new sadness and mourning to house holds across the land. and it is still true that this is the biggest, single challenge this country has faced since the war,” he said.
Watch the full statement below
COVID-19 Global pandemic
As the COVID-19 Global pandemic continues to spread across the the world, the United Kingdom has reached a sober milestone. The UK’s Secretary of State for the Home Department RT Hon Priti Patel in leading yesterday’s daily Downing Street Briefing hosted by the government to update the population on the Government’s response to the global COVI-19 Pandemic said, “As the deaths caused by this terrible virus pass another tragic milestone the entire nation is grieving.” The United Kingdom recored its first COVID-19 case on February 2019, and its first COVID-19 fatality on March 5. in the space of 52 days, the UK has reached this grim milestone, and has become the 6th country in the world to have the highest cases and deaths as a result of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a Coronavirus disease detected and reported to the World Health Organisation by China in late December 2019. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and symptoms include high fever, consistent coughing and in the most serious cases: pneumonia.
The disease was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation on March 11, 2020
Among measures that governments have instituted are enhanced personal and respiratory hygiene including frequent washing of hands with soap or sanitizer, and practicing social distancing. Social distancing is a measure that instructs persons to remain at lease two meters or six feet apart when in the public in order to slow the spread of the disease by infecting others from droplets that may be suspended in the air from infected persons coughing unguarded, or from the virus resting on surfaces.
Presently, one fifth of the world’s population are also under a curfew or other lockdown measures of various configurations, to also control mass gatherings. Bars, business places, salons, and other establishments and schools were ordered to close in the UK. The UK’s slogan is
STAY HOME; PROTECT THE NHS; SAVE LIVES.
A number of nations have also instituted travel restrictions to and from hotspots.
Today, As of 9am on 26 April the death toll in the UK rose to 20,732, says the HM Government website. According to Worldometers, Coronavirus cases worldwide as of April 27, 2020 are: 3,008,196 Deaths from COVID-19 are recorded as 207,391. The website says that 884,582 persons have recovered from the disease thus far.
UK Prime minister 2020 [online] Available at: https://www.facebook.com/10downingstreet/videos/229469684780915/UzpfSTEwMDAxMDA4NTU1ODkyMzoxMTczNTk4MDU2MzE5NzAy/ [Accessed 27 Apr. 2020].