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COVID-19, UK Prime Minister Under Pressure As He Remains The Only Savior For The Country


UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is under pressure as he is the only savior to decidefor the country  when the lockdown would be lifted on the citizens.


UK citizens has been longing for the return of the prime minister to the office since he has been discharged healthy from coronavirus from  the hospital since April 12. 


It should be recalled that Mr Johnson spent three days in Intensive Care Unit when his coronavirus symptoms went sever before he could regain his health back in early April. 


Johnson, 55, might have been advised by his doctors  to take it easy to gain full recovery before returning to the political fray.


There are signs that his return to Downing Street can be earlier, because  officials have disclosed that he has spoken to Queen Elizabeth and the US  President Donald Trump. 


While in his remark, Trump had earlier said on Thursday that, Mr Johnson was full of "tremendous energy" and sounded "incredible" when they talked on the phone during the week.

In the report of The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Mr Johnson's former employer, suggested he could be back at his desk on Monday, and hold briefing meetings with individual cabinet ministers.


Although the British Health Secretary, Matt Hancock refuses to disclose more about his return despite his health improvement. 


He said: "I spoke to him yesterday, he's cheerful, and he's ebullient and he's definitely on the mend in a big way."


"When exactly he comes back is a matter for him and his doctors," he added. 


It should be recalled that since April 6 kf his  admission to the hospital, Mr Prime Minister has deputised by The UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, and he has been chairing cabinet meetings about political strategy on how to ward off the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic. 


But while nominally in charge, Mr Raab as "first secretary of state" would have required overall cabinet approval to take any major decisions, such as easing lockdown measures.


Ministers have so far refused publicly to speculate on when restrictions will be lifted, saying that experts were not sure Britain was over the peak of the outbreak.


The Bank of England has warned that the UK faces its worst recession in "several centuries".


The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, also upped the ante by revealing her broader strategy, including the possible phased reopening of some businesses and schools.


Northern Ireland's First Minister, Arlene Foster, has also suggested she could lift restrictions before England.


In reality, he, senior minister, Michael Gove, and Mr Hancock have largely shared the leadership burden in the prime minister's absence, which has coincided with the suspected peak in hospital deaths and positive tests.


Britain has been one of the worst-hit countries in the world by the virus, with hundreds of deaths reported every day.


The actual number of fatalities could rise further when deaths in the community are taken into account, particularly from care homes.


While Mr Johnson was away, senior ministers have faced collective criticism over shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE) and a lack of widespread testing, particularly of frontline health and social care workers.


The leader of the main opposition Labour party in Britian, Keir Starmer, has accused the government of being "slow into lockdown, slow on testing, slow on protective equipment".


Mr Johnson will also be expected to immediately explain how he plans to get the country's economy up and running again while controlling the spread of the virus.


There have been growing demands for an exit strategy from the current national lockdown, which was first imposed on 23 March 23, extended on 16 April, and is due for review on 7 May.

Source: RTĒ

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