Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Boris Johnson has expressed his gratitude to the staff of the National Health Service for saving his life when his treatment for the coronavirus could have “gone either way.”
Dressed in a suit, and looking and sounding relatively assured, the prime minister said in a video posted on Twitter after his discharge from St. Thomas’ Hospital in London that it was “hard to find the words” to express his debt of gratitude to the NHS for saving his life “no question.”
Johnson said two nurses – Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal – stood by his bedside for 48 hours at the most critical time “when things could have gone either way.”
He named and thanked several other hospital workers who cared for him at the hospital, stating that they “kept putting themselves in harm’s way, kept risking this deadly virus”.
“It is thanks to that courage, that devotion, that duty and that love that our NHS has been unbeatable,” he said.
Boris Johnson, 55, was rushed to the Hospital on Sunday April 5, ten days after testing positive for coronavirus.
He was moved to intensive care the following day where he spent three nights before returning to a ward on Thursday.
Downing Street said the PM would continue his recovery at his country residence, 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.”
The government confirmed Sunday that the U.K. became the fourth European country after Italy, Spain and France to reach the grim milestone of 10,000 virus-related deaths. It said 737 more people who tested positive for the coronavirus had died, taking the total recorded in the U.K. to 10,612.
The figure reported Sunday represented a second straight daily decline in number of deaths, although the lower figures may be due to delays related with the Easter weekend.