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The prime minister was admitted to hospital last Sunday night with persistent Covid-19 symptoms and spent three nights in intensive care before being released back to the ward at St Thomas’ Hospital on Thursday.
He has now left the hospital and will continue his recovery at his grace and favour country mansion, Chequers.
It means the PM’s de facto deputy Dominic Raab and the cabinet will continue running the government’s coronavirus response, including reviewing the lockdown.
A decision on whether to extend the lockdown is expected to be made towards the end of the week.
The PM has reportedly told friends that he owed his life to the doctors and nurses at the central London hospital, adding: “I can’t thank them enough”.
Johnson’s fiance Carrie Symonds thanked “incredible” NHS staff for helping the PM, revealing she suffered some “very dark” moments during his stay in hospital.
A No.10 spokesperson said: “The PM has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery, at Chequers.
“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.
“All of his thoughts are with those affected by this illness.”