Coronavirus LIVE updates: Boris Johnson ‘must rest’ before returning to Downing Street as UK death toll hits 7,978

THE Prime Minister’s dad has spoken out after Boris Johnson left intensive care yesterday.

Stanley Johnson warned his son “must rest” and played down the idea he would be back at downing street straight away.

The PM was taken into ICU over the weekend, with Stanley telling Radio 4’s Today he “almost took one for the team”.

He said: “To use that American expression, he almost took one for the team.

“We have got to make sure we play the game properly now.”

The 79-year-old added: “This is pretty straightforward now. He must rest up. As I understand it, he has moved from the ICU into a recovery unit but I don’t think you can say this is out of the wood now.

“He has to take time. I cannot believe you can walk away from this and get straight back to Downing Street and pick up the reins without a period of readjustment.”

It comes as the PM was said to be in “extremely good spirits” and back on a normal ward at St Thomas’ in London.

Meanwhile deaths in the UK increased by 881 – bringing the UK total to 7,978, with ministers warning Brits to stay at home over the Easter weekend with numbers expected to continue to climb.

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