Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hospitalized here. - LNP / REX / SIPA

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not yet "out of the woods" and must "take the time" to rest to recover from his Covid-19 infection, his father, Stanley Johnson, insisted on BBC on Friday . The 55-year-old conservative leader left intensive care Thursday where he had been since Monday. He was transferred to another department at London's St Thomas hospital and placed "under close surveillance during the initial phase of his recovery," according to his spokesperson.

"He must rest. As I understand it, he was transferred from intensive care to a recovery unit, but I don't think you can say that he is out of the woods, "said his father, a former European civil servant. "He must take the time. I can't believe you would get away with it and go straight back to Downing Street and take over the reins without a period of readjustment, "he added.


Diagnosed positive at Covid-19 in late March, Boris Johnson is to date the only head of government of a great power to have been infected by the virus, which has killed nearly 8,000 people in the United Kingdom, one of the European countries hardest hit. It is the head of diplomacy, Dominic Raab, who ensures the interim in his absence. The government warned Thursday that preparations must be made for an extension of the confinement, which is expected to last three weeks until Monday, in the face of the worsening pandemic in the country.

If no formal decision is expected before the end of next week, the message hammered by the authorities is not to relax the social distancing measures adopted, especially during the long spring weekend of Easter. According to Stanley Johnson, the illness that hit his son highlights the severity of the pandemic: “He almost sacrificed himself. We have to make sure we play the game right now. "


Boris Johnson leaves intensive care but remains hospitalized


Boris Johnson transferred to intensive care

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