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Boris Johnson 'in extremely good spirits' as he is moved out of intensive care in hospital

Johnson has spent three nights in ICU after contracting the coronavirus.

Updated Apr 9th 2020, 7:34 PM

BORIS JOHNSON’S HAS been moved out of the intensive care unit where he has been undergoing treatment for coronavirus, Downing Street has confirmed.

A spokesman said that the Prime Minister had been returned to the ward at St Thomas’ Hospital as his condition continued to improve.

“The Prime Minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery,” the spokesman said.

“He is in extremely good spirits.”

Earlier, Downing Street said the prime minister had a “good night” in St Thomas’ Hospital in London and thanks the NHS for the “brilliant care” he has received.

The weekly “claps for carers” have been providing “wonderful, unifying moments” for the country while it is hoped millions will turn out again at 8pm, his spokesman added.

He was said to be continuing with “standard oxygen treatment”, while it was indicated he has not taken part in any drug trials for Covid-19.

“The prime minister had a good night and continues to improve in intensive care,” his spokesman said as he gave an update from the hospital, adding “He’s in good spirits”.

Johnson was last seen in public clapping for NHS workers in Downing Street last Thursday before his admission to hospital three days later.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has been deputising for the Johnson, was expected to instead take part in the show of support for health staff.

“The prime minister thanks the NHS for the brilliant care which it is providing,” Johnson’s spokesman said.

“The claps for carers have provided wonderful, unifying moments for the entire country. I’m sure that tonight we will once again see people in their millions paying tribute to our fantastic dedicated care workers.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the first big breakthrough in Johnson’s health on today, when he said the PM was now “sitting up in bed” and “engaging positively” with medics. 

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