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BBC News 6 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson in 'good spirits' in hospital


Boris Johnson says he is in "good spirits" after spending the night in hospital with coronavirus.

The PM was taken to St Thomas' Hospital in London on Sunday evening with "persistent symptoms" - including a temperature and a cough - for routine tests.

He remains in charge of government, although Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab chaired Monday's coronavirus meeting.

Mr Johnson, 55, tested positive for coronavirus 10 days ago.

In a tweet, he said he was "keeping in touch with my team as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe".

Boris Johnson has told MPs he is "confident" that the government will have a "world beating" system to test, track and trace people with coronavirus infection by June 1st.

He was responding to criticism from Labour's leader Sir Keir Starmer who said the lack of effective tracing of infected people had left a "huge hole in our defences". The Labour leader compared the UK death toll to places with intensive test and tracing such as Germany and South Korea, where deaths are far lower.

Meanwhile many hospitals, which were adapted to deal with the pandemic are now trying to get back to normal. But the head of Ipswich hospital is warning that the implications of social distancing - and the possibility that Covid-19 could be with us "for several years" - means that the NHS must find new ways of working.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Health Correspondent Sophie Hutchinson and Health Editor Hugh Pym.
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The Prime Minister will not face a police investigation into his links with an American businesswoman, but a review has found he had a "close association" with Jennifer Arcuri and there may have been an "intimate relationship".

Mr Johnson has faced accusations that he used his position while Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016 to benefit and reward Ms Arcuri.
It's emerged that the Prime Minister's chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, travelled out of London during the lockdown while ill with coronavirus symptoms. It's claimed that he was questioned by the police after travelling to Durham in breach of the lockdown rules.

It came as the government announced a new £1,000 fine for anyone arriving in the UK from abroad and failing to self-isolate for 14 days. The new quarantine rule is being introduced from June 8th. Ministers say it will help prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reports from Political Correspondent Leila Nathoo and Transport Correspondent Tom Burridge.

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