This evening it was announced Boris Johnson had been moved out of intensive care, onto a general ward at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London. US President Donald Trump was quick to respond to the news and wrote on Twitter: “Great News: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just been moved out of Intensive Care. Get well Boris!!!” Earlier this week the President referred to Mr Johnson as his “good friend”, as he responded to the news the Prime Minister had been moved to intensive care.
On Thursday evening Downing Street announced Mr Johnson’s condition was improving and that he was moved out of intensive care.
A spokesman said: “The Prime Minister 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.”
Mr Johnson was admitted to St Thomas’s Hospital in London on Sunday evening after having a persistent high temperature and cough.
He was then rushed to intensive care just 24 hours later, where he has since spent three nights receiving treatment and under close observation.
The news that the Prime Minister’s condition has improved prompted a flurry of well wishes, with the US President being among the first to mark the good news.
Mr Trump was also quick to respond to the initial news that Mr Johnson’s condition deteriorated on Monday night.
During a coronavirus press briefing at the beginning of the week, Mr Trump described the Prime Minister as a “very good friend of mine” and “a friend to our nation”.
He said: “I want to send best wishes to a very good friend of mine and a friend to our nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“We are very sad to hear he was taken into intensive care today a little while ago.
“Americans are all praying for his recovery.
“He’s been a really good friend and something very special: strong, resolute, doesn’t quit, doesn’t give up.“
Others also commented on the good news that the Prime Minister appears to be on the mend.
Dominic Raab, who is currently deputising for Mr Johnson, said: “The news we all wanted to hear.
“Thank you to all the NHS staff helping the country and the PM to beat #coronavirus.
“Together we can all do our bit by staying home and protecting the NHS #StayHomeSaveLives.”
Piers Morgan also said it was “excellent news”.