British Prime Minister Boris Johnson late Thursday was moved out of an intensive care unit as he recovers from COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
Downing Street said in a statement that Johnson would move to London’s St. Thomas Hospital ward, “where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery.”
“He is in extremely good spirits,” Downing Street said.
Johnson was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after reportedly displaying “persistent” symptoms from the novel coronavirus for more than 10 day. The prime minister announced on March 27 that he had tested positive for the virus.
By Tuesday, Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit because his condition continued to “worsen,” his office said.
Rishi Sunak, the United Kingdom’s top finance minister, said Wednesday that Johnson had been “sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team,” CNN reported.
“The news about the Prime Minister reminds us how indiscriminate this virus is,” Sunak said.
After Johnson was moved out of intensive care, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he’ll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE tweeted that it was “great news.”
“Get well Boris!!!” he said.
Great News: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just been moved out of Intensive Care. Get well Boris!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2020
The U.K. has reported more than 61,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases and roughly 7,100 deaths caused by it, according to a Johns Hopkins University database. On March 23, Johnson imposed a nationwide lockdown that bars people from gatherings of more than two people and prohibits nonessential travel.
Top British officials have said that the restrictions will need to remain in effect until the U.K. sees a consistent regression in the number of cases being reported.
Updated at 2:52 p.m.