The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson left the hospital in London on Sunday, where he was treated for COVID-19.

Johnson, who spent multiple nights in an intensive care unit, credited health staff for keeping him alive when, he said, “It could have gone either way.”


“I have today left hospital after a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question,” said Johnson, who went on to list the names of some of the doctors and nurses who looked after him at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, which sits across the River Thames from Big Ben.

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Johnson will continue to recover in his out-of-town residence in Chequers.

Johnson was admitted to the hospital on April 5, after announcing he had tested positive for the coronavirus on March 27. While officials said the move “wasn’t an emergency” and was for Johnson “to have some routine tests,” the prime minister was then moved to intensive care on April 6 after his condition “worsened.”

The prime minister was able to leave intensive care on April 9 after turning the corner. Johnson had been receiving “standard oxygen treatment” but was not on a ventilator, his spokesperson said.

Johnson’s release from the hospital comes as the U.K.’s death toll from COVID-19 has passed 10,600, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University. One of the government’s senior scientific advisers, Sir Jeremy Farrar, said the U.K. is likely to be “one of the worst, if not the worst affected country in Europe.”

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