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Boris Johnson sends letter to Britons, warns ‘things will get worse’

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged Britons to stay home and outlined stricter measures yet to come in the fight against the coronavirus.

“It’s important for me to level with you – we know things will get worse before they get better,” Johnson wrote in a letter issued by Downing Street.

The missive is to be delivered to 30 million households this week.

“We are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal,” Johnson asserted.

“At this moment of national emergency, I urge you, please, to stay at home, protect the NHS (National Health Service) and save lives,” he added.

Stay-at-home and strict social distancing rules must be obeyed, warned Johnson, who has himself contracted the coronavirus.

“These rules must be observed. So, if people break the rules, the police will issue fines and disperse gatherings,” he added.

The number of deaths from the coronavirus in Britain has risen to more than 1,000 with over 17,000 infections.

Britain delayed imposing social-distancing measures on its population to stem the spread of coronavirus until last week.

On Friday, both Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced they had tested positive for the virus.

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, also has the virus.

Johnson, 55, has said he has mild symptoms including a temperature and a persistent cough.

He is self-isolating and working from home.

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Boris Johnson calls for “truly global effort” to combat COVID-19

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British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has called for “a truly global effort” against COVID-19, saying that “the race to discover the vaccine to defeat this virus is not a competition between countries.”

The British High Commission in Nigeria said in a statement that Johnson made the call on Monday during a virtual Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Conference co-hosted by the UK and eight other countries and organisations.

The UK is co-hosting the summit with Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and the European Commission.

“To win this battle, we must work together to build an impregnable shield around all our people, and that can only be achieved by developing and mass producing a vaccine.

“The more we pull together and share our expertise, the faster our scientists will succeed.

“The race to discover the vaccine to defeat this virus is not a competition between countries, but the most urgent shared endeavour of our lifetimes.

“It’s humanity against the virus – we are in this together, and together we will prevail,” said the British leader.

He used the forum to confirm his country’s pledge of £388 million funding for research into vaccines, tests and treatments – part of a larger £744 million existing UK aid commitment to the $8 billion global target to help end the pandemic and support the global economy.

He said that tackling Coronavirus globally would also ensure that life-saving vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tests are available as soon as possible.

Also speaking, British International Development Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said the UK was playing its part in stopping the global spread of coronavirus to save lives everywhere.

“It is only by working together that we will prevent future waves of infection and end this pandemic as quickly as possible.

“By strengthening developing countries’ health systems and working to find a vaccine,” Trevelyan said.

On June 4, the UK will host the Global Vaccine Summit, bringing together countries and organisations to follow the UK’s lead in investing in the work of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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Boris Johnson welcomes first child with Fiancée, Carrie Symonds amidst coronavirus crisis 

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UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced the arrival of his first child with fiancée, Carrie Symonds days after he returned to work recovering from the coronavirus disease.

Johnson was reportedly present for the birth of his son at a hospital in London.

The couple are now proud parents to a “healthy baby boy” who was born earlier this morning, their spokesperson said on Wednesday.

“Both mother and baby are doing very well, he said.

The Prime Minister and Miss Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Johnson had in February announced that he and Carrie were engaged and expecting a baby.

”The Prime Minister and Miss Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in the early summer,” a spokesperson for the couple said at the time.

The pair have been living together in 10 Downing Street since last July and have also adopted an adorable dog, Dilyn.

Johnson has four grown-up children with his second wife Marina Wheeler, who the politician married 25 years ago.

They’re the first unmarried couple to move into the prime minister’s residence at No 10 Downing Street together.

The prime minister had previously said that he intended to take paternity leave after the birth of his son, although it was unclear if the coronavirus crisis would change those plans.

The baby boy is the third child to be born to a serving UK. prime minister in the last century, according to Britain’s Metro newspaper.

Johnson also has an 11-year-old daughter with Helen Macintyre, who is an art consultant.

Symonds, Johnson’s fiancee is 32 years old and was previously head of communications for the Tories, but now works for an ocean conservation charity.

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British PM, Boris Johnson could return to work Monday – Report

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could return to governing the country as early as Monday after recovering from the novel coronavirus, according to a media report.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Friday morning tjat Johnson would be returning to office in London at a critical stage of the pandemic, as his party members wish to gradually ease lockdown restrictions.

His office had not confirmed the report.

Johnson was recuperating at Chequers country estate outside London, where he had been conducting some work duties including taking phone calls from the Queen and U.S. President Donald Trump, the Press Association news agency reported.

Johnson had been admitted to intensive care in London as his breathing became more restricted by COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. He was released from hospital on April 12.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab is currently heading the government, which has come under criticism for its handling of the pandemic.

At least 18,500 people in Britain have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins university data.

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Buhari congratulates British PM Boris Johnson on discharge from hospital

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, following his discharge from hospital over Coronavirus.

The president’s congratulatory message was conveyed via a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday.

In the congratulatory letter,  dated April 14, 2020, to Mr Johnson, President Buhari said he received “with great relief the news of your discharge from hospital after being successfully treated for COVID-19”.

The Nigerian leader, who expressed delight on behalf of his family and the government and people of Nigeria, at the Prime Minister’s recovery, said:

“We all join you in appreciating the wonderful staff at both the hospital and the NHS who worked round the clock to look after you and those afflicted by COVID-19.”

Buhari also wished the Prime Minister “full recovery and good health in the coming days”.

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, following his discharge from hospital over Coronavirus.

The president’s congratulatory message was conveyed via a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday.

In the congratulatory letter,  dated April 14, 2020, to Mr Johnson, President Buhari said he received “with great relief the news of your discharge from hospital after being successfully treated for COVID-19”.

The Nigerian leader, who expressed delight on behalf of his family and the government and people of Nigeria, at the Prime Minister’s recovery, said:

“We all join you in appreciating the wonderful staff at both the hospital and the NHS who worked round the clock to look after you and those afflicted by COVID-19.”

Buhari also wished the Prime Minister “full recovery and good health in the coming days”.

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Buhari congratulates PM Boris Johnson on discharge from hospital

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, following his discharge from hospital over Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The president’s congratulatory message was conveyed via a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday.

In the congratulatory letter,  dated April 14, 2020, to Mr Johnson, President Buhari said he received “with great relief the news of your discharge from hospital after being successfully treated for COVID-19”.

The Nigerian leader, who expressed delight on behalf of his family and the government and people of Nigeria, at the Prime Minister’s recovery, said:

“We all join you in appreciating the wonderful staff at both the hospital and the NHS who worked round the clock to look after you and those afflicted by COVID-19.”

Buhari also wished the Prime Minister “full recovery and good health in the coming days”.

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COVID-19: Buhari sends message of solidarity to PM Boris Johnson

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President Muhammadu Buhari has wished British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been hospitalised over ”persistent symptoms” of Coronavirus, a quick recovery and restoration to full health.

The President’s solidarity message was conveyed via a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday.

”President Buhari’s sympathy and solidarity are with the British leader as he battles COVID-19 personally, and with the British people as their country battles the devastating effects of the pandemic,” the statement maintained.

President Buhari prayed that Prime Minister Johnson would soon be well enough to resume his great leadership of his country at this most trying time in global history.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Boris Johnson was taken to intensive care on Monday night after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, Downing Street said.

Johnson has asked British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him, a Downing Street spokesman said.

The prime minister, 55, was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London with “persistent symptoms” on Sunday night, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus.

The spokesman said the prime minister was moved on the advice of his medical team and is receiving “excellent care”.

“Since Sunday evening, the prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus,” said the spokesman.

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Britain’s Boris Johnson ‘in good spirits’ during Covid-19 hospital stay 

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “in good spirits” on Monday, following his hospital admission after failing to shake off symptoms of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

“Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms,” Johnson tweeted, 10 days after he tested positive for Covid-19.

“I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe,” he wrote.

Johnson thanked “all the brilliant NHS (National Health Service) staff taking care of (him) and others in this difficult time.”

One of his ministers said earlier that Johnson remains “very much in charge” of the government and is expected to return to his Downing Street office soon.

“He’s been working extremely hard, leading the government and being constantly updated,” Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told the BBC.

Johnson, 55, was taken to hospital on Sunday for tests.

He experienced “persistent” mild symptoms, his office said, adding that his hospital admission was “a precautionary step.”

“Obviously today he’s in hospital having the tests but he will continue to be kept informed as to what’s happening and to be in charge of the government.

“I’m sure this is very frustrating for him, for somebody like Boris who wants to be hands-on running the government from the front, but nonetheless he’s still very much in charge of the government,” Jenrick told the broadcaster.

Downing Street said Johnson spent a “comfortable night” in hospital on Sunday but declined to comment on whether he had been given oxygen or had contracted pneumonia.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Johnson’s formal deputy, chaired a daily meeting on the spread of the coronavirus on Monday, while a planned cabinet meeting was postponed, reports said.

Britain had reported nearly 5,000 deaths from some 50,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases by Sunday, making it one of the worst-affected countries.

Government experts estimate that hundreds of thousands of people are infected.

Many health experts have criticized the government’s slow response to the crisis, the low level of testing for the virus and the poor provision of intensive care beds, ventilators and protective equipment.

Adding to the pressure on Johnson, some right-wingers in his ruling Conservatives have warned that Britain faces economic ruin unless it eases its near-lockdown soon.

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Boris Johnson reshuffles UK Government, following Brexit

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday said he is reshuffling his cabinet, appointing a team he hopes would deliver his vision for Britain beyond Brexit.

The government reshuffle is not expected to be as explosive as could be expected.

However, his senior adviser, Dominic Cummings’ has a well-publicised desire to see a radical reorganisation of government to fit Boris Johnson’s agenda.

The UK officially left the European Union on Jan. 31, completing a three-and-a-half-year process that began with the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Until the year’s end, the UK will be subject to EU rules and regulations as part of a transition period that gives both sides 11 months to strike agreements on a wide range of areas of cooperation, including trade.

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EU commissioner says Boris Johnson will not stick to Brexit deadline 

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Boris Johnson will not stick to his deadline of leaving the European Union by the end of 2020, European commissioner Phil Hogan told Monday’s edition of the Irish Times.

“In the past, we saw the way the prime minister promised to die in the ditch rather than extend the deadline for Brexit, only for him to do just that,” the recently appointed commissioner for trade said.

Britain is due to leave the EU at the end of January, with a transition period that runs at the end of 2020.

Johnson has pledged to stick to that deadline if Britain has concluded a final agreement with the bloc or not.

Hogan said Johnson’s plan to add the date to legislation was “very odd” and a political “stunt”.

Hogan warned that a no-deal Brexit “would pour salt into wounds and risk dividing families, communities and regions,” the Irish Times citing Hogan as saying.

“Too much of the debate in the UK over the past four years was based on the false notion that it is possible to make a clean-break Brexit while retaining all the benefits of EU membership.

“Now that the political deadlock at Westminster is broken the next phase of Brexit needs to be based on realism and hard facts.

“Any ‘having our cake and eat it’ rhetoric will not fly.

“Both sides need to proceed calmly and coherently,” Hogan was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

With responsibility for trade, Irishman Hogan will play an important role in the EU’s future negotiations with Britain.

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