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After being discharged from hospital two weeks ago, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has returned to work on Monday, April 27 after contracting a severe case of COVID-19.
The UK leader spent a week at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, including time in intensive care, and was later released on April 12. His partner Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child, had also displayed symptoms of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
During his time in hospital, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stood in as deputy for Johnson.
Johnson’s hospitalization marked the first instance in which a world leader had contracted the virus. This also left some wondering who was running the sixth-largest economy for a period of time.
In a press briefing, Raab informed the public of the prime minister’s readiness to return to work, saying, “he’s going to be back at work, full-time, properly at the helm on Monday… As you can imagine with the prime minister, he is raring to go.”
Johnson is returning to an intense state of affairs, within his government and opposition facing decisions over vaccines, lockdowns and at what time the country would be able to return to normal. As of April 27, the UK has experienced 152,840 confirmed cases, with 20,732 deaths and no recorded recoveries.