Number 10 denies Boris Johnson having to rest more after Covid battle

Number 10 denies Boris Johnson is having to rest and insists he is ‘working as normal’ after PM appears pale and gaunt

  • PM has only taken daily Downing Street press conference once since recovery
  • That solitary appearance was 10 days ago on May 11, following televised address
  • Asked if PM was having to ‘rest’, spokesman said: ‘No, (he) is working as normal’ 
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Boris Johnson is ‘working as normal’ and the public will see more of him in coming days, Downing Street insisted today amid fresh concern for the Prime Minister’s health. 

Although Mr Johnson took Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons yesterday, he has only taken the daily Downing Street press conference once since his recovery from Coronavirus.

That solitary appearance was 10 days ago on May 11, where he took questions on phase two of the pandemic lockdown he had unveiled in a televised address the previous night.

The pale-looking PM has been photographed taking an early morning run two days this week, in an effort to get back in shape after his illness.

Reports suggest that he was shocked by  the fact that his weight may have been to blame for the severe case of Covid-19 he suffered.

Asked about why the PM had not been seen at press conferences and whether he was having to ‘rest’ more, his official spokesman told reporters today: ‘No, the PM is working as normal.’

He added: ‘You saw the PM yesterday, but I’m sure you will be seeing more of him in the coming days as well, as he continues to have plenty to say about the coronavirus response and implementation of the recovery plan.’

Although Mr Johnson took Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons yesterday (pictured), he has only taken the daily Downing Street press conference once since his recovery

Boris Johnson was yesterday spotted in a Philippines holiday T-shirt as he embarked on an early morning run for the second day in a row

Mr Johnson with rather unkempt hair outside no 10 yesterday lunchtime 

Mr Johnson was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus in April. 

He was moved into intensive care the following day and left hospital after a week of care, thanking NHS staff who he said ‘saved my life, no question.’

Mr Johnson had weighed 17-and-a-half stone before he went into hospital, putting his BMI at 36 when his 5ft9in height is taken into account and placing him over the BMI of 30 that means a person is obese.

Research shows being obese doubles the risk of needing hospital treatment for coronavirus.

The Prime Minister, 55, was pictured yesterday wearing a white T-shirt and navy Adidas shorts as he returns to Downing Street after his morning exercise.

It was the second in a row Mr Johnson had taken a morning run after he reportedly decided his touch-and-go battle with Covid-19 was exacerbated by him being overweight.

According to a Times report from May 15, Mr Johnson told some of his colleagues ‘it’s all right for you thinnies’ as he discussed the danger being overweight presents for Covid patients.

But his spokesman today said that his absence from press conferences had been a move to allow ministers to take a lead in areas  they are responsible for.

I think you will be seeing the PM in coming days but to give you an example today we will be in a position to talk more about the testing regime and the antibody tests so the Heaklth Secretary (Matt Hancock) and the CMO (Chris Whitty) and (Professor ) John Newton (of Public Health England) will be able to discuss that.

‘Yesterday we had the Culture Secretary (Oliver Dowden) talking about financial support we are giving to charities and what we are doing in relation to honours.

‘You are hearing from a range of cabinet ministers discussing relevant issues of the day.’  

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