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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has praised the 'exemplary' work of NHS staff, having said he owes them his life after he was admitted to hospital for coronavirus last Sunday.
Johnson issued a statement today (11 April) to thank workers at St. Thomas' Hospital, where he has been receiving treatment for the past week.
He said of the staff: "I can't thank them enough. I owe them my life."
In his first statement since his time in intensive care this week, Johnson also commended the 'exemplary' care the doctors and nurses have given him.
The Prime Minister has now been in hospital for a week, after being admitted on Sunday (5 April) - 10 days after testing positive for Covid-19.
A spokesperson for Johnson said at the time that this was a 'precautionary' measure, telling the BBC's Hugh Pym: "On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.
"This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus."
They added: "The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the government's advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives."
Thank you for doing your bit in the fight against #coronavirus.
Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
- Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 5, 2020
The following day (6 April), Johnson was then moved to intensive care, with a spokesperson for No.10 saying: "Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.
"The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary. The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication."
On Thursday (9 April), it was announced that Johnson had been moved out of intensive care and was back on a hospital ward, where he would receive 'close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery'.
A statement from No. 10 at the time said of the Prime Minister: "He is in extremely good spirits."
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