© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Johnson gives the nation a daily address on coronavirus in London
By Alistair Smout
LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in an "incredible" condition after a serious illness with COVID-19, US President Donald Trump said when speculation arose that the British head of state is preparing to get back to work, to decide how to unlock it.
55-year-old Johnson spent three nights in intensive care in a London hospital earlier this month with COVID-19 complications for which he was treated with oxygen. He later said he owed his life to the hospital staff.
"It sounded incredible," Trump said of how Johnson sounded when called earlier this week. "He was ready to go."
"It's like old Boris," said Trump. "He's fine."
The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that Johnson plans to return to work on Monday, and his health minister Matt Hancock said the prime minister is getting better and in a good mood.
"This decision is for the Prime Minister in consultation with his doctors," said Hancock. "I spoke to him yesterday, he is in very good shape and is clearly recovering."
When he returns to work, Johnson has to decide when and how to remove the coronavirus barrier that has affected the UK economy and brought government borrowing to the highest level in the history of peace.
The government's previously unpublished strategy to free itself from the block is currently under review as investors want to find out which large-scale economy will be hit hardest by the worst public health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak.
Hancock said on Friday that it was too early to remove the lock.
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