Monday, February 26

PM leaves intensive care unit



Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care and back onto a ward, Downing Street has said.

A No10 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. He is in extremely good spirits.

The number of UK coronavirus deaths has surged by 891 overnight.

NHS England reported 765 new hospital deaths on Thursday, with Wales announcing another 41, Northern Ireland announced four and Scotland an additional 81 since Wednesday.

The updated tolls come as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab chairs an emergency Cobra committee to discuss a likely extension of lockdown measures, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s health continues to “improve” in intensive care.

Meanwhile, Brits are being urged to resist the sunshine over the upcoming Easter weekend, with ministers issuing an urgent plea for people to continuing following social-distancing rules.