Boris Johnson has been in contact with ministers and his private office at Downing Street while he continues to recuperate at Chequers
- Boris Johnson is continuing ‘resting and recuperating’ at his country residence
- Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick gives update on Prime Minister’s health
- He was released from hospital last weekend after treatment in intensive care
- Mr Jenrick hopes ‘he takes the time to get better as quickly as he possibly can’
Boris Johnson has been in contact with ministers while he continues ‘resting and recuperating’ from coronavirus at his country residence of Chequers.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick provided an update on the Prime Minister’s health during the daily press conference at Downing Street in Westminster.
Mr Johnson was released from St Thomas’ Hospital in London last weekend following treatment in intensive care as his symptoms worsened after being admitted.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson records a video message on Easter Sunday at 10 Downing Street in Westminster after being release from St Thomas’ Hospital before leaving for Chequers
Mr Johnson is recovering at the PM’s country residence of Chequers, pictured on April 13
Asked about how Mr Johnson is, Mr Jenrick said this afternoon: ‘He’s resting and recuperating at Chequers. He’s taking his doctor’s advice.
‘He has had some contact with ministers, but mostly with his private office here at Downing Street and that’s absolutely right.
‘We all wish him well and hope that he takes the time to get better as quickly as he possibly can in the interim.’
It follows reports that Mr Johnson has spoken to his deputy Dominic Raab by phone as he recovers from the virus and is ‘keen to get back to work’.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said he was in touch with the Foreign Secretary from Chequers on Thursday – but is not doing any government work.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his pregnant fiance Carrie Symonds in London on March 9
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick speaks at Downing Street in London this afternoon
Sources have told MailOnline that Mr Johnson is eager to get back to Downing Street next week, especially as the Commons recess is due to come to an end.
However, his pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds and doctors are said to be concerned that might be too soon.
The news comes amid claims of drift at the heart of power while Mr Johnson gets over his stay in intensive care.
The lockdown measures were extended for at least another three weeks yesterday, with scientists still not confident the outbreak is under control.
But there is growing anger about the lack of an ‘exit strategy’, with the curbs wreaking havoc on the economy.
Labour’s Keir Starmer accused Mr Raab of being ‘reluctant’ to sign off a plan while Mr Johnson is still absent.
The PM’s spokesman dismissed that idea as ‘just wrong’ yesterday, adding of Mr Johnson: ‘He continues his recovery at Chequers,’
‘He’s not doing government work… He is focused on his recovery, he is not doing government work.’
Mr Johnson has not had any conversations with foreign leaders – although Ms Symonds did get a call from US First Lady Melania Trump this week.