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BBC News 9 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson out of intensive care but remains in hospital


Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital, Downing Street has said.

Mr Johnson has been receiving treatment for coronavirus at St Thomas' Hospital in London since Sunday.

No 10 said he "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 extremely good spirits."

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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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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.
Boris Johnson has publicly backed his most senior and influential adviser, Dominic Cummings, in the face of calls for him to be sacked for breaching the coronavirus lockdown rules.

The Prime Minister said Mr Cummings had followed "the instincts of every father" and had acted "responsibly, legally and with integrity".

His adviser drove more than 250 miles from his London home to his parents' house in County Durham, along with his wife who had symptoms of coronavirus. There are also claims that the couple left the Durham address to visit local beauty spots.

The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said that Boris Johnson should have sacked his aide and was "treating the British public with contempt". Some Conservative MPs have also called for Mr Cummings to resign or be sacked.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Political Correspondent Iain Watson and Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.

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