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PM Johnson recovering from COVID-19 as Britons told to shun outdoors

By Michael Holden

 

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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson was resting in hospital on Friday as he recovered from COVID-19 while Britons were told to avoid the temptation of spring sunshine during the Easter break with the coronavirus outbreak approaching a peak.

 

The flamboyant 55-year-old leader’s visible decline shook the nation, but he came out of three nights of intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital after going in with a high temperature and cough.

 

“He must rest up,” his father Stanley Johnson told BBC radio, thanking Britons for their outpouring of support and telling them to heed the lesson. “If it can hit the prime minister for heaven’s sake, well it does come close to home.”

 

Johnson was the first world leader to be hospitalised with the coronavirus, forcing him to hand control to foreign minister Dominic Raab just as Britain’s situation worsened drastically.

 

The death toll is 7,978 - the fifth highest in the world.

 

“You cannot walk away from this and go straight back to Downing Street and pick up the reins without a period of readjustment,” Stanley Johnson added.

 

The prime minister’s Downing Street office said he was in the “early phase” of recovery and it was unclear how long he would be in hospital. But his improvement cheered Britain and beyond, U.S. President Donald Trump hailing the “great news.”

 

Johnson’s pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds, who has had coronavirus symptoms, tweeted a rainbow picture - in support of healthcare workers - along with hands clapping emojis.

 

LENGTHY LOCKDOWN

 

The government is considering when it can end a lockdown, though Raab has said it was too early to make a decision because Britain had not yet reached the peak of the outbreak.

 

The government says it will have a better idea by next week of knowing if the lockdown has succeeded in bringing down coronavirus infections and hospital admissions.

 

“We’ve started already to see plateauing,” said epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, a professor at Imperial College in London who has helped shape the official response.

 

It will take several more days to see the pace of deaths drop, and more weeks to draw definitive conclusions that could allow restrictions to be lifted, he added to BBC radio.

 

Britain is enduring its third week of stringent restrictions, during which police have assumed new powers to fine people straying too far or too long from home unless on essential work or seeking food and medicines.

 

With sunshine bathing the often rain-soaked nation at the start of a four-day Easter holiday from Friday, authorities were on the lookout for those tempted out to see family and friends.

 

“The best way we can protect our loved ones is by staying away this Easter,” a government spokeswoman said.

 

Scotland’s chief medical officer has already resigned after flouting her own advice to stay at home, and another official was under pressure on Friday after newspapers said he travelled to a second home outside London and visited his parents.

 

“For clarity - my parents asked me to deliver some essentials - including medicines,” housing minister Robert Jenrick tweeted in defence, adding that he had left London to return to his family home.

 

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Many in the UK will never recover, because of his too late response, ask the relatives of urologist Abdul Mabud Chowdhury https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-52242516 

Only be passed by the USA, with an even more brilliant leader: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52249963

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Silly and downright unhealthy advice. Outdoor activities should be encouraged, so long as recommended strictures concerning social distancing and masks are observed.

 

Regular exercise and sunshine (vitamin D) are vital for maintaining health and fitness. Getting out and about is an antidote against depression and other mental health problems caused by isolation and loneliness.

 

Forcing us all to vegetate is a dumb way to create a new self-inflicted public health crisis on an NHS exhausted by its battle with the pandemic.

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Krataiboy said:

Regular exercise and sunshine (vitamin D) are vital for maintaining health and fitness. Getting out and about is an antidote against depression and other mental health problems caused by isolation and loneliness.

They know that, we know that! 🥱

You don't suppose there is another agenda here do you? :shock1:

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13 minutes ago, CGW said:

They know that, we know that! 🥱

You don't suppose there is another agenda here do you? :shock1:

Like what?

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Happy to see Boris recovering. Cant see many people taking full notice of whats being said though.

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25 minutes ago, Krataiboy said:

Like what?

Your guess is as good as mine but giving "advice" that is detrimental to both physical and mental health is not a good sign of things to come?

Scared to go outside, scared to come in close proximity to other's etc, etc, .................... ?

Never trusted "government" so seeing nothing positive!

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Just now, CGW said:

Your guess is as good as mine but giving "advice" that is detrimental to both physical and mental health is not a good sign of things to come?

Scared to go outside, scared to come in close proximity to other's etc, etc, .................... ?

Never trusted "government" so seeing nothing positive!

Join the club.

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2 minutes ago, rhyddid said:

Mouses running aways, ops a minister jumping ship, what a nice example!

Mr.Perfect spouts again .........Gawd...

Plus, it is "Mice running away" Taff........😟 

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1 hour ago, Krataiboy said:

Silly and downright unhealthy advice. Outdoor activities should be encouraged, so long as recommended strictures concerning social distancing and masks are observed.

 

Regular exercise and sunshine (vitamin D) are vital for maintaining health and fitness. Getting out and about is an antidote against depression and other mental health problems caused by isolation and loneliness.

 

Forcing us all to vegetate is a dumb way to create a new self-inflicted public health crisis on an NHS exhausted by its battle with the pandemic.

 

 

 

And what do you do when the 'recommended strictures' are ignored by many people?

 

People were advised not to form in groups or congregate in parks - so they did anyway.

 

Too many people are looking at the measures as some sort of clever game where they try to find ways around the rules designed to protect them. How silly is that? How downright healthy will that make them?

Cyclists and runners are going round in groups thinking they are exempt as they are exercising and its just coincidence that their friends happen to be exercising at the same time.

It could work if people weren't stupid - but they are and will be the ones shouting the loudest if they, or one of their family, get infected.

You can easily do running, cycling or whatever to get exercise without hanging out in parks  or in groups. Especially the ones who believe they are ok as they are currently healthy. Ask Boris how he feels now about it...

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4 hours ago, mrfill said:

And what do you do when the 'recommended strictures' are ignored by many people?

 

People were advised not to form in groups or congregate in parks - so they did anyway.

 

Too many people are looking at the measures as some sort of clever game where they try to find ways around the rules designed to protect them. How silly is that? How downright healthy will that make them?

Cyclists and runners are going round in groups thinking they are exempt as they are exercising and its just coincidence that their friends happen to be exercising at the same time.

It could work if people weren't stupid - but they are and will be the ones shouting the loudest if they, or one of their family, get infected.

You can easily do running, cycling or whatever to get exercise without hanging out in parks  or in groups. Especially the ones who believe they are ok as they are currently healthy. Ask Boris how he feels now about it...

The chance of picking up the virus while sunbathing alone in the open air, or jogging or cycling with a few friends is minimal. One is probably more likely to be infected by one of those packs of young plods, pulling rank on escapees from house arrest instead of chasing real criminals.

 

Poor Boris, bless him, was more likely to have become infected via a colleague in a stuffy office than riding to and from work on his bicycle.

 

Do try to resist the understandable temptation to vent anger and frustration on a relatively few idiots who always buck the system. Better to save your energy for the coming battle to rescue civil rights and an economy trashed on the pretext of fighting the virus.

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