- Title: 'Really pleased' UK PM Johnson out of intensive care - opposition leader Starmer
- Date: 9th April 2020
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 9, 2020) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL / POLICE OFFICERS GATHERED AT SIDE OF ROAD HEALTHCARE STAFF CHEERING, CLAPPING OUTSIDE HOSPITAL VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICERS CLAPPING, LIGHTS FLASHING PEOPLE WEARING MASKS WAVING FROM WINDOWS OF HOSPITAL VARIOUS OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS CLAPPING AND CHEERING VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICERS CLAPPING PEOPLE IN MASKS WAVING FROM HOSPITAL WINDOWS POLICE OFFICERS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS CLAPPING OUTSIDE HOSPITAL VARIOUS OF WOMAN WAVING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CLAPPING, PEOPLE HOLDING UP LETTERS SPELLING (English): "THANK YOU" PEOPLE CLAPPING / EXTERIOR OF HOSPITAL VARIOUS OF PEOPLE STANDING ON BALCONY, CLAPPING, CHEERING HEARD FROM STREET
- Embargoed: 23rd April 2020 20:48
- Keywords: COVID-19 NHS UK applaud NHS UK coronavirus clap for carers coronavirus
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA002C8RUVYF
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- Story Text: The leader of Britain's opposition Labour party Keir Starmer wished the country's prime minister a "speedy recovery" as he joined in a nationwide show of appreciation for health service workers on Thursday (April 9).
Prime Minister Boris Johnson left intensive care on Thursday evening, after being hospitalised with COVID-19, but he remains under close observation in hospital, his office said.
Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital on Sunday (April 5) evening with a persistent high temperature and cough, and was rushed to intensive care on Monday (April 6) where he spent three nights receiving treatment.
Starmer said it was "good news" that his political rival had left the ICU as he joined in a national round of applause for healthcare workers, outside his home in north London.
In what has become a weekly event, organised largely on social media via the hashtag #ClapForCarers, people across Britain clapped and cheered at 8 p.m. in tribute to the National Health Service (NHS) and other frontline essential workers.
The public display of support has become a moment of national unity and emotional release during the anxiety of Britain's lockdown.
(Production: Hanna Rantala, Yann Tessier, Michael Fiorentino, Vin Shahrestani, Louisa Naks)
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