LONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, infected with the novel coronavirus, has left intensive care but remains in the hospital, a government spokeswoman told dpa on Thursday.
Johnson will be closely monitored in the St Thomas' Hospital ward in central London, during what the spokeswoman called "the early phase of his recovery."
"He is in extremely good spirits," she added.
Johnson, the first head of a European government to confirm a novel coronavirus infection, was moved to intensive care late Monday, one day after he was hospitalized with "persistent" COVID-19 symptoms.
He reported his infection with the new coronavirus on March 27.
Britain has become one of the worst-hit countries worldwide in the coronavirus pandemic.
The country reported another 881 deaths linked to COVID-19 infections on Thursday, taking its total death toll to nearly 8,000. Government experts estimate that hundreds of thousands of people are infected.
The government is urging people to observe a near-lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus over the Easter holiday, after police in one city said they broke up 660 parties in just four days.
"We must keep going," said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was deputized by Johnson.
He urged people to "stay at home, to protect our NHS (National Health Service) and to save lives."