Police officers stand guard outside St Thomas’ hospital where Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted receiving treatment for coronavirus, in London, Thursday, April 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
UPDATED 8:03 AM PT — Thursday, April 9, 2020
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s health has continued to improve as Parliament works to evaluate the nation’s current situation amid the coronavirus pandemic.
U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will be standing in for Johnson at Thursday’s government emergency response meeting as they try to pinpoint when to end its lockdown.
The government’s initial three-week lockdown is set to expire next week. However, with cases and deaths continuing to grow, officials have said it’s time to strengthen their response.
“We are ramping up capacity hugely…the Secretary of State for Health (Matt Hancock) has made clear that this is something we need to achieve,” stated U.K. Health Minister Ed Argar. “…We will achieve 100,000 tests across the four nations of the United Kingdom, across the five pillars of the testing strategy, by the end of the month…that’s a government objective.”
The prime minister’s spokesperson said Johnson is responding well to treatment and has been able to sit up in bed. Medical experts treating Johnson are unsure when he will be able to return to Downing Street.