Why wasn't Boris Johnson fired?

After Covid-19 illness : Premier Johnson discharged from hospital, UK dead 10,600

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital on Sunday. "I left the hospital today after a week," he reported on Sunday in a video message distributed via Twitter. The National Health Service (NHS) saved his life. From among the clinic employees, he particularly praised Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal. "You stood by my bed for 48 hours when things could have turned out differently," said the first public statement since he was transferred to the intensive care unit last Monday.

The 55-year-old Johnson will not start work immediately on the advice of his doctors, a spokesman for Downing Street said. The head of government will relax at the prime minister's official country residence, Checkers near London. On Saturday evening, Johnson had already told the staff at the clinic close to Parliament: "I owe them my life."

According to the Ministry of Health on Sunday, more than 10,600 people have died in Great Britain from their Sars-CoV-2 infection. Experts, however, expect a high number of unreported cases; In particular, numerous victims in retirement homes have not yet been recorded. Most of the dead were recorded in England, especially in the British capital. Health Secretary Matt Hancock spoke of a "gloomy day" when the 10,000 mark was passed.

As the British news agency PA reported, citing government circles, Johnson received letters and baby ultrasound images from his pregnant fiancé Carrie Symonds as well as thousands of cards with wishes for recovery in the hospital. He had also passed the time with films, among other things.

The politician was taken to the hospital for an examination last Sunday. His condition deteriorated so much that he had to be taken to the intensive care unit of the clinic on Monday. On Thursday he came back to the normal ward.

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Johnson had tested positive for the coronavirus in late March. His serious illness and his transfer to intensive care in the midst of the coronavirus crisis had put Britain in shock. He is the highest ranking politician worldwide who is sick with Sars-CoV-2.

Meanwhile, complaints about conditions in British hospitals are increasing among the nursing staff. Above all, they complain about a blatant lack of protective equipment against infection with the coronavirus. The largest nurses union, RCN, called for people to refuse to work as a "last resort" should the equipment be missing - even if this would be very difficult given professional ethics.

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According to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, 19 NHS employees have already died of Covid-19. But this was not due to their lack of equipment, he assured on Saturday. It appears that minority representatives are the most vulnerable among the staff, as they make up a large proportion of the NHS staff.

Background to the coronavirus:

Overall, the number of corona deaths in Great Britain is likely to soon exceed the 10,000 mark. The actual number is likely to be much higher, since only the victims in hospitals are counted, but not, for example, in old people's and nursing homes.

The number of confirmed infections is almost 80,000 - but it should also be significantly higher in view of the low test capacities. More than a third of seriously ill corona patients in Great Britain are representatives of black, Asian or other ethnic minorities, according to a report by the BBC.

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Prime Minister Johnson's administration initially hesitated to take strict measures to curb the spread of the virus. In addition to Johnson, a number of other high-ranking government officials have now been infected.

According to the Wellcome Foundation, Great Britain could become the worst-affected country in Europe by the corona pandemic. In the UK, the death rate is likely to be the highest, the foundation's director Jeremy Farrar told the BBC on Sunday. There is no doubt that lessons must be learned from the current situation, he stressed. Mass tests could still help to buy time to upgrade the healthcare system.

After the current outbreak, the expert, who also advises the British government, expects a second and third wave. He hoped for a vaccine by autumn, then production would have to be ramped up to vaccinate many millions of people. "I would hope we can do it in twelve months, but that in itself is an unprecedented ambition," said Farrar. (dpa, AFP)

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