U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised doctors for saving his life during his week-long hospitalization for Covid-19 treatment that has left him too weakened to resume immediate leadership of the government, Bloomberg reported.
Looking pale and gaunt, the premier thanked the National Health Service for the care he had received. In a 5-minute video posted on Twitter on Sunday, he called the health service “unbeatable,” and lauded the “personal courage” of the doctors, nurses, cleaners and cooks who work for it.
“The NHS has saved my life, no question; it’s hard to find words to express my debt,” the premier said, his voice still croaky. He thanked the staff who cared for him, including “two nurses who stood by my bedside for 48 hours when things could have gone either way.”
Johnson won’t return to work right away, instead continuing his recovery at his official country residence, Chequers, his office said. In his absence, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been deputizing, while emphasizing that decisions are being made by the cabinet as a whole.
Meanwhile, the British government said in a statement that Parliament will resume activity on April 21. House of Commons authorities will consider how to use technology to best allow lawmakers to fulfill “essential constitutional functions of conducting scrutiny, authorizing spending and making laws,” the government said on Sunday.