Boris Johnson phoned his heavily pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds as soon as doctors handed him back his phones at the end of his intensive care stay.
Last night the Prime Minister was allowed to leave intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital having shaken off the worst of the Covid-19 symptoms.
The 55-year-old called Ms Symonds and members of his family as soon as doctors handed him his two phones, The Sun reported.
The 32-year-old is expecting a child in a matter of weeks with Mr Johnson, who has been separated from her since March 27 when he went into isolation.
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The Conservative leader was taken to hospital on Sunday – 10 days after testing positive – and was moved to intensive care on Monday.
Mr Johnson received “standard oxygen treatment” and was not put on a ventilator, Downing Street said earlier.
A No10 spokesman said: “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.
“He is in extremely good spirits.”
Shortly after news broke that Mr Johnson had left intensive care, people across Britain came together for a third time to clap the NHS.
Ms Symonds tweeted a photo of a rainbow and clapping emojis at 8pm.
From hospital Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister thanks the NHS for the brilliant care which it is providing.
“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.”
Mr Johnson’s father has said he will need a period of rest after he was moved from the intensive care unit at St Thomas’ Hospital.
Stanley Johnson said the whole family was “amazingly grateful” for the efforts of the NHS and for the huge outpouring of support for his son.
He said the Prime Minister’s illness had underlined just how serious the coronavirus outbreak was.
“To use that American expression, he almost took one for the team. We have got to make sure we play the game properly now,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
He played down suggestions that his son would now quickly return to work at Downing Street.
“This is pretty straightforward now. He must rest up. As I understand it, he has moved from the ICU into a recovery unit but I don’t think you can say this is out of the wood now,” he said.
“He has to take time. I cannot believe you can walk away from this and get straight back to Downing Street and pick up the reins without a period of readjustment.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock paid tribute to the NHS as Boris left the ICU.
In a tweet he said: “So good that the Prime Minister is out of intensive care and on the road to recovery.
“The NHS is there for us all and I know our amazing NHS staff have given him their characteristic world-class care.”
US President Donald Trump also sent his wishes, urging: “Get well Boris!!!”
Former Chancellor Sajid Javid simply tweeted: “Thank goodness.”
Landmarks across the capital – including Wembley Stadium and the London Eye – turned their lights blue in tribute to the national health service at 8pm last night.
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner was among those who tweeted in support of the health workers on the frontlines.
She wrote: “Solidarity with all NHS workers, the #ClapForCarers shows how much we appreciate you.
“Now it’s time you got the protective equipment that you need as well!”