The British government has announced that Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will return to work on Monday after recovering from the novel coronavirus.
He has been recuperating at his Chequers residence outside London, after he was released from the hospital on April 12.
Johnson spent a week undergoing treatment for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel virus, at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, including three nights in intensive care after his condition dramatically deteriorated.
According to Britain’s Press Association news agency, the Prime Minister is understood to have held a three-hour meeting on Friday ahead of his return with senior cabinet members including Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, who has been deputising in Johnson’s absence.
Meanwhile, a government source disclosed that Johnson was determined to return to Downing Street on Monday.
Prime Minister Johnson’s return to work comes at a crucial time, as pressure mounts on the government to ease COVID-19 lockdown measures.
On Saturday, the COVID-19 death toll in Britain surpassed 20,000, according to the most recent information from the Health Ministry.
Although experts believe that the worst of this infection wave has passed, the death rate could still rise for a while, as the great number of people already infected either recover or die.
The new data, released on Saturday, showed that 813 people died in the 24-hour period up to 5 pm on Friday, for a total of 20,319 dead.
In that same time period, 4,913 people tested positive for the coronavirus for a total of 148,377 infections.
However, the deaths listed only include those who died in hospital, implying that the true figure is likely higher.
In the meantime, Johnson’s government has been criticised for what some say was a delayed response to the spread of the disease, which has taken its toll on the world since it was first reported in China late last year.