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London (CNB News) – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked those who saved his life as he left hospital on Sunday, saying “things could have gone either way” for him. Johnson, who was admitted a week ago for “persistent” Covid-19 symptoms, added in a video posted to Twitter that “it’s hard to find the words to express my debt.””The PM has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery, at Chequers,” Johnson’s spokesperson said, referring to the PM’s official country residence.

The 55-year-old was moved to intensive care on Monday. He spent three nights in the ICU and received “standard oxygen treatment,” according to his spokesperson, but the PM did not require mechanical or invasive ventilation.The spokesperson said that on the advice of his medical team, the PM won’t immediately be returning to work.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made his first public comments Sunday since leaving intensive care, where he was being treated for coronavirus, thanking staff at St. Thomas’ Hospital and crediting them for saving his life.

“I can’t thank them enough. I owe them my life,” Johnson said of the National Health Service staff at the central London hospital, Reuters reported. Johnson was hospitalized April 5 and taken to intensive care the next day, remaining there until April 9.

The comments come as the U.K. recorded 980 coronavirus deaths on Friday, surpassing the single-day record set in Italy, the European nation hardest hit by the virus, and as the British government has come under increasing criticism for an initial strategy of minimal testing and social distancing measures before reversing course and ordering a full lockdown on March 23.

The PM’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, expressed similar gratitude on Sunday. In a series of tweets, Symonds thanked the NHS staff: “I cannot thank our magnificent NHS enough. The staff at St Thomas’ Hospital have been incredible. I will never, ever be able to repay you and I will never stop thanking you.”

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