In a video message, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says doctors saved his life

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson He left the hospital on Sunday and thanked the National Health Service for saving his life, saying things could have gone any way for him as he struggled.

Johnson, 55, was taken to St Thomas' Hospital in central London on April 5, with persistent symptoms of the disease caused by the new one. On April 6, he was transferred to intensive care, where he remained until April 9.

Today I have left the hospital after a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no doubt, he said in a five-minute video message posted on Twitter from 10 Downing Street when the official death toll exceeded 10,000.

He named and thanked the nurses who had cared for him, with a special mention for two of them, Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal, who said he had been by her bed for 48 hours when things could have gone from any way. .

The reason my body finally started getting enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching and thinking and caring for and doing the interventions I needed, he said.

Johnson wore a suit and tie and spoke in his usual energetic manner. Characteristically, he made a joke, thanking the doctors who had cared for him, several of them for some reason named Nick.

Johnson will continue his recovery at Checkers, the prime minister's official residence in the northwest London country, his office said.

A Reuters photographer saw Johnson and his pregnant fiancé, Carrie Symonds, 32, who also suffered from Covid-19 symptoms, as they were leaving Downing Street in central London with their dog.

There were moments last week that were very dark. My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, concerned about their loved ones, Symonds said on Twitter. Today I feel incredibly lucky.

While Johnson has been out of action, his ministers have come under increasing pressure to explain why the national death toll is rising so fast.

Britain has reported that two days in a row of hospital deaths increased by more than 900 people. Friday's death toll of 980 exceeded the highest recorded in a single day in Italy, the most affected country in Europe so far.

The death toll in Britain rose to 10,612, a statement from authorities said Sunday.

Johnson thanked the public for following strict guidelines for social distancing in effect since March 23 and assured them that their efforts were paying off.

I want you to know that this Easter Sunday I do think your efforts are worth it, and every day they show their worth, he said.

Because although we mourn those who are taken from us in such numbers every day, and although the fight has not ended in any way, we are now progressing in this incredible national battle against the coronavirus.