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Boris Johnson returns to work after COVID-19 recovery, urges patience over UK lockdown

Boris Johnson returns to work after COVID-19 recovery, urges patience over UK lockdown
Posted at 8:36 AM, Apr 27, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that the United Kingdom is at a dangerous stage in the coronavirus outbreak.

On his first day back after recovering from COVID-19, the U.K. leader warned that easing social and economic restrictions too soon would create a second spike of infections.

Johnson said the U.K. is reaching “the end of the first phase of this conflict” but warned that a quick end to the lockdown was not in sight.

He said “we simply cannot spell out now how fast or slow or even when" restrictions would be loosened.

Johnson spent a week in a London hospital earlier this month with the coronavirus, including three nights in intensive care.