London | british prime minister Boris Johnson is not yet “out of the woods” and must “take the time” to rest to recover from his infection to the COVID-19, insisted Friday his father, Stanley Johnson, on the BBC.
The conservative leader, 55-year-old was released Thursday night of the intensive care unit, where he was held since Monday. He was transferred to another department of the hospital in london St Thomas and “placed under close supervision for the initial phase of his recovery”, according to his spokesman.
“He needs to rest. As I understand it, he has been transferred from intensive care to a recovery unit, but I don’t think we can say that it is out of the woods,” said his father, a former european civil servant.
“He needs to take the time. I can’t believe that you’d come out and go back directly to Downing Street and take over the reins without a period of readjustment”, he added.
Diagnosed positive Covid-19 at the end of march, Boris Johnson is to this day the only head of government of a great power to have been contaminated by the virus, which has caused nearly 8,000 deaths in the United Kingdom, one of the european countries hardest hit.
It is the head of the diplomacy, Dominic Raab, who is temporarily acting in his absence.
The government has warned on Thursday that it was necessary to prepare for an extension of the containment, in principle scheduled for three weeks until Monday, in response to the worsening of the pandemic in the country.
If no formal decision is expected before the end of next week, the message hammered by the authorities is not to release the measures of social distancing adopted, particularly during the long weekend of spring Easter.
But the minister for Housing, Robert Jenrick, is pinned to the one of several newspapers on Friday, having visited her parents, sixty miles from home, despite the official messages of staying at home.
Mr Jenrick was justified on Twitter have brought medicines to her parents, aged and in quarantine, and have complied with the rules of social distancing.
According to Stanley Johnson, the disease that has struck his son highlights the severity of the pandemic: “it is almost sacrificed. We must ensure that we play the game properly now”.