Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he owes his life to the British National Health Service staff in his first comments since he was released from the intensive care unit for the treatment of COVID-19.
55-year-old Johnson was taken to St. Thomas’s Hospital in central London a week ago and suffered from persistent symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
On April 6, he was transferred to the intensive care unit, where he remained until April 9.
"I can't thank them enough. I owe them my life," Johnson said of the staff at the hospital, which is directly across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament.
The comments were shared with journalists and confirmed by his office on Sunday.
Johnson was on his feet again on Friday, taking short walks between rest periods, which his office described as an early stage of recovery.
The death toll for COVID-19 in the UK was close to 10,000 on Saturday, the fifth highest national figure worldwide after officials reported another 917 hospital deaths.
In his latest official update on Johnson's condition, Downing Street said he was "continuing to make very good progress."
Priti Patel, the interior minister, said in the government's daily press conference on Saturday that he needed time to rest and relax before he could go back to work.
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