Coronavirus: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Improves in His Fight to Survive the Deadly Pandemic Plague
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Suffering From Coronavirus
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chances of surviving his personal fight with the deadly coronavirus appear to be getting better today after he was moved from the intensive care unit at St. Thomas Hospital in London. He's been receiving treatments there since Sunday.
Queen Elizabeth Receiving Regular Reports On PMs Condition
Queen Elizabeth II has been receiving hourly updates on his condition. It's been a vicious struggle for the charismatic leader since he was taken to the hospital Sunday, which was 10 days after he was diagnosed with the deadly killer.
Concerns Grew When Boris Johnson Taken To Intensive Care
Concerns for his safety grew Monday when he was moved to intensive care. Although never placed in a ventilator, he did received oxygen. Originally, it was reported he was only taken to hospital Sunday for a standard checkup. However, concerns increased when he was transferred to intensive care and given a bed reserved for the most sick.
No. 10 Reports Conservative Leader Removed From Intensive Care
No. 10 Downing Street reported today the Tory leader "has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery." A spokesman added, "He is in very good spirits."
Dominic Raab Runs The Government
While the mercurial Johnson recovers, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab continues to deputize for the Prime Minister. Johnson had designated his ally Raab to assume those powers when he entered hospital.Speaking at the daily briefing earlier today, Raab encouraged the public to stay indoors over what is expected to be a warm Easter weekend.
British Lockdown To Continue?
Raab further said that after almost three weeks of lock down "we are starting to see the impact of the sacrifices we've all made", adding, "Let's not ruin it now."
A decision on whether to ease the lock down measures would not come until "the end of next week."
President Donald Trump Tweeted
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted, "Great News. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just been moved out of intensive Care. Get well Boris!!!"
Trump and Johnson are known to be political allies as they share a common political philosophy. They are also reported to be good friends.
British Corona Virus Totals
When Johnson entered hospital Sunday, many feared he would be added to the list of casualties.. A total of 7,978 people have now died in the UK after testing positive for the dread plague. With his improvement, it appears highly likely he will return to No. 10 Downing Street as the same popular leader he was before his illness.
Boris Johnson Background
For those in the U.S. not that familiar with Boris Johnson, he is a writer and former journalist who has served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2019. He also served as Foreign Secretary from 2016-2018 and Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016.
He was actually born on this side of the Pond, in Manhattan, New York, on June 19, 1964. His education includes a degree from the University of Oxford.
The PM was also educated at Eton College and Balliol College. He began his career in journalism at he London Times. Eton is known for educating 20 former Prime Ministers and is described as the "nursery of England's gentlemen."
Johnson Excelled At Oxford
Johnson co-edited the university's satirical magazine, Tributary. He ran and was elected secretary of the Oxford Union in 1984 and President of the Oxford Union in 1986. His tutors remembered him as "a good egg."
National Fame With Television Job
Boris Johnson vaulted into the national spotlight with a popular history television show, The Dream of Rome. He is also known for serving as the two-time mayor of London and later, as the foreign secretary under May's premiership.
New York Roots
Although, he was born in New York City to British parents, Johnson's childhood was global in nature. He followed his parents' education. His father attended Columbia University and later did post-doctoral research at the London School of Economics. His mother graduated from Oxford University. His family shuffled back and forth between the U.S. and Britain, going from Columbia to Oxford and then the World Bank in Washington DC before moving on to Connecticut and then back to London.
Boris Johnson Led Brexit Movement
Johnson further made his name by leading those favoring Brexit leading up to the June 23, 2016, national referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of he European Union. He faced off against then Prime Minister David Cameron, who was the nation's most prominent proponent of Britain remaining in the EU. In colorful language he equated the EU's efforts to unify Europe with those undertaken by Napoleon I and Adolf Hitler.
When the votes were tabulatated in the referendum, 52% of those voters who went to the polls favored Britain leaving the EU. Cameron announced his resignation as prime minister because of his loss in the Brexit vote. Many believed it was time for Boris Johnson to become Prime Minister.
However, in the morning at the end of June when he was preparing to officially announce his candidacy, Johnson was deserted by his key ally and prospective campaign chairman, Michael Gove, the justice secretary.
Johnson Betrayed By Gove
So instead of supporting Johnson, Gove announced he would run. Gove also took several of Johnson's top lieutenants with him, causing Johnson to withdraw.
Theresa May Becomes Prime Minister
Gove's attempt to become Prime Minister by betraying Johnson failed. Instead Theresa May won and named Johnson her Foreign Secretary. However, she was unable to negotiate a Brexit exit and resigned.
Boris Johnson Comes Back
In the wake of May's resignation, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Gove and Johnson were the top candidates. About 87 per cent of Conservative Party members supported Johnson, and he was elevated to Prime Minister.
In his address to the British people on January 31, 2020, as the UK formally withdrew from the EU, Johnson said, "This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act in our great national drama."
Nigel Farage Talks About Boris Johnson On Neil Cavuto Show
Millions in America continue to follow the progress of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Brexit advocate Nigel Farage discussed his friend's progress on the Neil Cavuto Show on Fox News today.
Farage said that while Boris had left intensive care, he was still in the hospital and is not expected back at work Monday at 10 Downing Street. He further said many younger people in Britain are taking corona virus more seriously since the 55 year old Prime Minister caught the disease.
Some speculated that the hard work Johnson has engaged in may have worsened his condition and led to his stay in intensive care.
Farage further said that since Britain doesn't have a vice-president like he U.S. does, the British are in uncharted waters as at what happens when Johnson goes to hospital. Foreign Secretary Raab has been deputized by Johnson to assume his duties, but he's been struggling for the influence that Johnson has.
Farage further said he has talked to members of the Prime Minister's family during the ordeal.
Boris Johnson Thanks Hospital Staff
Boris Johnson waved thanks to medical staff as he was moved from the intensive care unit back to the ward, a Downing Street spokesman said. A No. 10 spokesman added on Good Friday, "The prime minister has been able to do short walks, between periods of rest, as part of the care he is receiving to aid his recovery."
PM's Father Speaks Out
The prime minister's father Stanley insisted his son must rest, warning that he "cannot get straight back to Downing Street and pick up the reins."
He added, "To use that American expression, he almost took one for the team. We have got to make sure we play the game properly now."
So far there have been 8,958 UK deaths. Fortunately, the Prime Minister will not be part of that number.
Boris Johnson Keep Calm Poster
Corona Virus In U.S.
President Trump again praised Boris Johnson in his corona virus update today. Johnson has been an ally of Trump's and the two have a good working relationship which is great for the Anglo-American relationship.
President Trump said he will have to make a decision soon as to when he should open up America again.
Trump also praised Texas governor Greg Abbott as doing a great job. Under Abbott's watch the number of corona virus cases in Texas have been lower than many smaller states. Texas is now the second most populous state in the U.S.
He said he will also announce when he plans to open Texas up again soon.