Coronavirus: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Released From Hospital

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He had been in a London hospital for a week and spent three nights in the intensive care unit.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from a London hospital, where he had been treated for the new coronavirus.

Johnson’s office said Sunday he left St. Thomas’ Hospital and will continue his recovery at Chequers, the prime minister’s country house.

He will not immediately return to work.

Johnson has posted a video on Twitter in which he hails the staff in the National Health Service for saving his life.

Johnson was dressed in a suit and looked and sounded assured in the video made after his discharge from St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. He said he did not have the words to properly thank the staff at NHS for“saving my life."

Johnson listed a number of the front line staff who cared for him over a week at St. Thomas’ Hospital but singled out two nurses who stood by his bedside for 48 hours “when things could have gone either way.”

He said Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal were the reason "in the end my body did start to get enough oxygen." Johnson said there are “hundreds of thousands of NHS staff who are acting with the same care and thought and precision as Jenny and Luis."

Johnson spent a week at St. Thomas’, three days of which were in intensive care. He was given oxygen but was not put on a ventilator. 

Johnson's fiancee, Carrie Symonds, who is expecting a baby, said on Twitter: "Thank you also to everyone who sent such kind messages of support. Today I'm feeling incredibly lucky. There were times last week that were very dark indeed. My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones."

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is currently in charge of running the government, with aides reportedly expecting Johnson to be out of action for as long as a month.

Watch his full message below.