Boris Johnson returns to work after recovery from COVID-19

Boris Johnson returns to work after recovery from COVID-19

Boris Johnson returns to work after recovery from COVID-19

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to work Monday after recovering from COVID-19.

A week after being admitted to a London hospital for worsening coronavirus symptoms, Johnson was discharged on April 12 and continued to recuperate at home. He had spent three days in intensive care

The prime minister delivered a statement Monday morning for the first time since his battle with the novel coronavirus.

“I’m sorry I’ve been away from my desk for much longer than I would have liked,” Johnson told reporters outside his official residence and office in London, 10 Downing Street. “If this virus were a physical assailant, an unexpected and invisible mugger — which I can tell you from personal experience it is — then this is the moment when we have begun together to wrestle it to the floor.”

Johnson said the country is making progress in its efforts to control the virus outbreak and there are “real signs now that we are passing through the peak,” with the number of admissions to National Health Service hospitals down and fewer COVID-19 patients in intensive care.

“And that’s why we are now beginning to turn the tide,” he said. “We collectively flattened the peak.”

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