Earlier Monday, British officers had given assurances that he was wholesome sufficient to run the nation, however there was rising unease over the lack of expertise on his situation.
Mr. Johnson wrote Monday on Twitter from a hospital in London that he was “in good spirits.”
Mr. Johnson, 55, first skilled the signs of the virus on March 26, was examined that day and acquired the optimistic outcome round midnight, going into self-isolation in Downing Avenue, however chairing conferences by videolink.
He was initially anticipated to renew regular working on the finish of final week, however on Friday Mr. Johnson’s aides stated that he nonetheless had signs, particularly a excessive temperature, and had not ended his self-isolation. In a video assertion through which he defined the state of affairs, he nonetheless seemed unwell.
A number of different key figures within the authorities have self-isolated after struggling signs of the coronavirus, together with the well being secretary, Matthew Hancock, who has now returned to work, and the chief medical officer, Chris Whitty. Mr. Johnson’s accomplice, Carrie Symonds, who’s pregnant, disclosed on Saturday that she, too, is struggling signs.
Mr. Johnson was initially criticized for his sluggish response to the outbreak, however later moved to place Britain under a virtual lockdown, closing all nonessential retailers, banning conferences of greater than two folks, and requiring folks to remain of their properties, apart from journeys for meals or drugs.
Earlier than that his authorities had tried to take a unique tack from the remainder of Europe, which moved earlier to shut companies to attempt to halt the unfold of the virus. Some officers, together with Sir Patrick Vallance, England’s chief scientific adviser, had stated that the federal government was trying “to construct up some sort of herd immunity so extra individuals are proof against this illness and we scale back the transmission.”
At one news conference in early March, Mr. Johnson described visiting a hospital the place he stated there have been coronavirus sufferers. “I shook fingers with all people, you’ll be happy to know,” he stated, “and I proceed to shake fingers.”