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Boris Johnson Returns To Downing Street After Suffering An Illness

Boris Johnson Returns To Downing Street After Suffering An Illness

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has returned to his official residence at 10 Downing street after suffering from an illness caused by a new coronavirus, according to Sky News.

The head of the Cabinet spent the last two weeks in the country residence of Chequers, where he was recovering and, following the recommendations of doctors, did not take an active part in the work of the government. At the same time, according to Sky News, he spoke daily via video link with Dominic Raak, who was temporarily acting as his Deputy.

On Saturday, Reuters reported that Johnson to return to his duties on Monday.

The Prime Minister is expected to meet with most of his Cabinet members in the next 24 hours to get an update on the progress of the fight against the epidemic in the United Kingdom. Johnson will soon have to approve a yet-to-be-released government strategy to ease the country's March 23 quarantine, making several difficult decisions. Government advisers warn that easing restrictions too early or too much will lead to a second wave of the epidemic, which will further damage the Kingdom's public health system and economy.

As the Chief Medical Officer for England (CMO), Chris Whitty, noted on Friday, the spread of infection in the country has already slowed down enough to start seriously discussing the removal of some restrictions, but not all experts agree with this assessment.

According to The Sunday Times, support for the measures taken by the government is falling, and the voices of those who demand that the quarantine be lifted as soon as possible to help the country's economy are growing louder in the ruling Conservative party.

It is expected that the conditions for easing the quarantine will be mass testing of the population for infection with coronavirus and the presence of antibodies, combined with the identification and isolation of persons who have come into contact with the disease. Special mobile phone apps will help you identify potentially infected people.

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