British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been able to briefly walk in his hospital room as he recovers from COVID-19, a statement from the British government said Friday.
“The prime minister has been able to do short walks, between periods of rest, as part of the care he is receiving to aid his recovery,” a news release from Downing Street said.
“He has spoken to his doctors and thanks the whole clinical team for the incredible care he has received. His thoughts are with those affected by this terrible disease,” the statement said.
Johnson was transferred out of intensive care Thursday at London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital after spending three nights in the intensive care unit as he recovered from COVID-19.
The British prime minister was taken to the hospital Sunday after 10 days of self-quarantine with coronavirus symptoms.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has acted as Johnson’s deputy, chairing the government’s “coronavirus war cabinet” meetings.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged Britons to stay home for the Easter holiday and said the government was working to make sure health workers “had the kits” for personal protective equipment in the National Health Service’s hospitals.
As of Friday, Britain’s health system confirmed 65,077 cases of COVID-19, with 7,978 deaths, according to an online tracker published by Johns Hopkins University.