UK's Boris Johnson recovering from coronavirus, released from hospital

Johnson will not immediately return to work

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LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from a London hospital where he was treated in intensive care for the new coronavirus.

Johnson's office says he left St. Thomas' Hospital and will continue his recovery at Chequers, the prime minister's country house.

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He will not immediately return to work.

Johnson has been in the hospital for a week and spent three nights in the ICU.

Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief scientific officer Patrick Vallance arrive for a press briefing about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London, T

Johnson says he owes his life to staff at the National Health Service who treated him for COVID-19.

Johnson has made his first public statement since he was moved out of intensive care at St. Thomas' Hospital in London, saying he "can't thank them enough. I owe them my life."

The 55-year-old Johnson was diagnosed with COVID-19 more than two weeks ago, becoming the first world leader confirmed to have the illness.

His coronavirus symptoms at first were said to have been mild, including a cough and a fever.

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He was admitted to St. Thomas' Hospital last Sunday after his condition worsened and was transferred to the intensive care unit the following day, where he received oxygen but was not put onto a ventilator.

He spent three nights there before moving back to a regular ward on Thursday.

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