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U.K. leader thanks nurses for saving his life






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The U.K. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has thanked the National Health Service for saving his life. Mr Johnson, 55, tested positive for COVID-19 and self-isolated in his apartment in London. He continued to lead his country's response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, his symptoms persisted and his condition took a turn for the worse. He was admitted to a hospital for tests and was then moved to an intensive care unit as his condition worsened. This was a "precautionary move". He remained conscious and was able to breathe without needing help from a ventilator.

Mr Johnson said the care he received from nurses was "exemplary". He said: "I can't thank them enough. I owe them my life." He is now on a recovery ward in the hospital. He is making "very good progress". He is doing Sudoku puzzles and watching films. His biographer said: "Boris never used to believe in illness....He believed he was strong enough to keep going regardless of any symptoms from which he might be suffering. His strong inclination was to overwork, not to put his feet up. In the light of his experiences, one hopes he will change his outlook."

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