October 27, 2020

Boris Johnson, who almost died from the coronavirus, wishes Trump and the First Lady a speedy recovery

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  • Boris Johnson has wished Donald and Melania Trump a “speedy recovery” from the coronavirus.
  • The UK prime minister on Friday sent his “best wishes” to the president and first lady in a tweet.
  • Trump and the first lady are isolating in the White House after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • Johnson suffered badly with the virus in April, spending 5 days in intensive care and coming close to death.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who received intensive care and was close to death after contracting the novel coronavirus, has wished President Trump and the First Lady a “speedy recovery” from the virus.

Trump tweeted early Friday morning that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive for the virus. He got tested after his close ally Hope Hicks tested positive earlier this week.

White House Physician Sean Conley issued a statement confirming the diagnosis, saying the president and first lady “are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”

Prime Minister Johnson tested positive for the virus when it first began to spread widely in Britain this spring.

Johnson suffered badly from the virus, spending five days in intensive care at London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital in April.

He has since said that doctors made “arrangements” for his death and that he was given “liters and liters of oxygen” at the height of his illness to keep him alive.

“It was a tough old moment, I won’t deny it. They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin’-type scenario,” Johnson said in an interview with The Sun newspaper in May.

“I was not in particularly brilliant shape and I was aware there were contingency plans in place.”

Multiple reports in the months following his hospitalization have indicated his health remains poor.

Downing Street, however, has been keen to dispel any suggestions of lingering health problems, with the prime minister posing for photographs while doing press-ups photos of Johnson jogging being distributed to UK news outlets.

Asked about rumours regarding his health this week, Johnson told reporters he was “fitter than a butcher’s dog” thanks to losing weight — “fitter than I was before, it may irritate you to know.”

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