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Breaking: British PM Boris Johnson released from hospital

British leader had spent week in hospital, including in intensive care, for coronavirus.

Published: April 12, 2020 8:47am

Updated: April 12, 2020 8:55am

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged Sunday after a week in the hospital, including several days in intensive care for coronavirus. Officials said he won't immediately return to duty.

“The PM has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery," a spokesman for 10 Downing Street said in a statement published by multiple British news outlets.

The prime minister left St. Thomas hospital in London on Easter Sunday lasuding his health care workers. “I can’t thank them enough, I owe them my life," he said.

Officials said Johnson will take some time recovering at home before returning to work. His foreign minister has been taking on his duties during the illness.

“On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work. He wishes to thank everybody at St Thomas’ for the brilliant care he has received," the 10 Downing statement said.

The prime minister was first admitted to the hospital last Sunday and then transferred to intensive care a day later as he got sicker. On Thursday, he was released from ICU as he made steady improvement.

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