London | Himself-hit by the novel coronavirus, the british Prime minister Boris Johnson resumes Monday, the reins of government, under growing pressure to reveal its plans for containment, in place for more than a month.
Since his release from the hospital on April 12, the conservative head of government, 55-year-old recovers at Chequers, the country residence of british Prime ministers, while his team is facing criticism over its management of a crisis in party to last.
During his hospitalization, he spent three days in intensive care. Boris Johnson has said that things ” could very well have to switch “, commending the staff of the public service of british health, the NHS, in which it ” must life “.
In the night from Saturday to Sunday, sources in Downing Street have told the british media that he would return to his office as soon as Monday, and that he was “eager” to get there. This confirmed what he wore on Friday, the Daily Telegraph, a newspaper favorable to power conservative.
Some signs, like the fact that the conservative leader will be maintained by phone, during the past week, with the us president, Donald Trump and queen Elizabeth II, left already thinking about a quick return.
“It looked amazing “, said Thursday Donald Trump. “It’s like the old Boris. Energy phenomenal. Dynamism phenomenal “.
“It is in very good shape “, added Friday, the british minister of Health, Matt Hancock, on the news channel Sky News.
Worst recession since ” several centuries “
This is now more than a month that the British are called to stay at home. Unemployment rages, diseases other than the Covid-19 not always treated, schools closed…. Expectations are high for Boris Johnson to make part of its projects to try to get the economy in working order and will explain about the future of the containment, implemented on march 23, and extended at least until 7 may.
He is replaced by his foreign Affairs minister Dominic Raab, who has chaired meetings of a crisis from time to time. But he would need the approval of the entire government, the press said divided, for any major decision.
The chief of diplomacy has shared the weight of the task, with Michael Gove (the right arm of Boris Johnson) and Matt Hancock during this period, which coincides with what the health authorities believe to be the peak of the epidemic.
With more than 20 000 deaths recorded in hospitals, the United Kingdom is among the countries most severely affected in Europe. The balance sheet looks more heavy once will be accounted for deaths in retirement homes and at home.
As to the consequences for the economy, the Bank of England has warned Thursday that the country would face the worst recession ” for several centuries “.
If the opinion remains favourable to the containment, the heavy weight of the government, during the absence of Boris Johnson, have had to make in the face of growing criticism. The new leader of the labour opposition Keir Starmer has acknowledged the power of slow, whether it be on containment, detection or protection equipment which are badly needed caregivers but also retirement homes.
The government has so far refused to move forward on a date for relief of the restrictions, saying fears of a resurgence and explaining to wait for the opinion of scientists.
The presence of the advisor to Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings, revealed by the Guardian newspaper, in several meetings of the scientific committee (Sage) in charge of illuminating the lantern of the government, including that of 23 march, the date was ruled out of the containment, came to cast doubt on its independence.
If Downing Street, étrillant the passage of the media, points out that the political advisors have ” no role “, the opposition labour court that this case comes to undermine the confidence of the British.
The First minister of scotland Nicola Sturgeon has also upped the pressure by lifting the veil on its strategy, with a progressive reopening of some businesses and schools.
In Northern Ireland, the First minister Arlene Foster has suggested that they would lift the restrictions before England does.