Boris Johnson’s father Stanley speaks of ‘relief’ and warns Britons to take coronavirus seriously as PM is moved out of intensive care

Boris Johnson‘s father has said he feels a huge sense of “relief” that the Prime Minister has moved out of intensive care as he warned Britons to take coronavirus seriously and “play the game properly”.

Stanley Johnson said the whole family was “tremendously grateful” at news of Mr Johnson’s health update and said he was “amazingly thankful for the tremendous outpouring of support”.

He added that the PM’s admission to St Thomas’ Hospital after being diagnosed with coronavirus which included three nights in intensive care – had “served a purpose” by showing it can hit anyone.

“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 said Mr Johnson was still on the road to recovery but that he would still need a period of rest before going back to work.

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​“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.”

He added: “He’s a man with enormous energy and enormous vitality.”

Mr Johnson was admitted to hospital on Sunday, some ten days after testing positive for Covid-19.

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On Monday, he was moved to intensive care. He was not put on a ventilator, Downing Street said.

On Thursday evening, Mr Johnson was moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is deputising for the PM while he is unable to work and lead a Cobra meeting on Thursday  discussing the UK lockdown.


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