Where is Boris Johnson and when is he returning to work as Prime Minister? – The Sun

BORIS Johnson is preparing to head back to work tomorrow after he return to Downing Street this evening.

The PM has had a rough month battling coronavirus at Chequers and St Thomas', but now Johnson is coming back to lead Britain out of lockdown.

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Where is Boris Johnson?

The Prime Minister has been residing in his countryside residence in Chequers since being discharged from hospital on April 11.

Tonight the Prime Minister returned to Downing Street and will start work tomorrow.

His office has reported he has been increasing the number of daily walks and gradually increasing his workload, culminating in regular calls with cabinet ministers as well as President Trump and the Queen.

He told aides on Friday that he is "raring to go".

“He’s not the sort of person who is very good at doing nothing. In truth, he has been working pretty much full time for the past week,” a cabinet source told the Telegraph.

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The PM had previously set his sights on returning before May 11 when the extended lockdown is due to end — and critical decisions must be taken on the next step.

When did Boris contract coronavirus and how long was he in hospital?

Boris, 55, has bounced back from the infection that had him hospitalised on April 5 with persistent symptoms.

He was described as “exhausted but euphoric” as he was declared well enough to leave the intensive care unit on Thursday, April 9.

He was formally discharged on Easter Sunday, April 12.

He waved at doctors and nurses on the way out and effusively thanked any member of staff who came within eyeshot.

Boris told friends the care he had received at St Thomas' had been “exemplary” and added: “I can’t thank them enough. I owe them my life.”

He singled out Nurse Jenny McGee as the person who saved his life, leaving the New Zeland nurse "shocked" when she heard the news.

The PM showed appreciation by clapping his medics just two hours after being wheeled out of intensive care and back to a normal ward at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Several patients joined in, turning a gentle ripple to a rousing round of applause that echoed throughout the general ward.

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Where has he been recuperating?

Mr Johnson has been in isolation at Chequers, the lavish country estate that acts as a second home for Prime Ministers.

The beautiful mansion sits near the village of Ellesborough in Buckinghamshire, 41 miles from Downing Street.

Who has been running the country while Boris is recovering?

In Boris' absence Dominic Raab has stepped in as stand-in PM.

Michael Gove has been chairing a daily meeting with Dominic Raab, Matt Hancock and Rishi Sunak – dubbed “the quad” – to discuss key decisions.

The PM will return to big decisions about when to ease the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, with his Cabinet currently split in half over the next step.

Some, who have been dubbed as "doves", want the lockdown to continue longer to ensure that the NHS does not become overwhelmed.

This group is thought to include Mr Hancock, and the Prime Minister himself.

The other group has been called "hawks", and want the lockdown measures to be lifted so that the economy can recover.

This group is said to include Mr Sunak and Mr Gove.

 

Furthermore, the Government is currently under pressure from some Conservative MPs and party donors to ease the lockdown measures.

On his final day before returning to work, the PM will likely be mulling over how to address appeals from six Tory donors to get the economy back to normal.

Billionaire Michael Spencer told The Times: "We should start loosening up the lockdown as soon as we reasonably can and allow the economy to start moving forward."

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