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Boris Johnson is able to walk again after he was moved back from intensive care to a hospital ward, Downing Street says.

A statement from Number 10 said: "The prime minister has been able to do short walks, between periods of rest, as part of the care he is receiving to aid his recovery.

"He has spoken to his doctors and thanks the whole clinical team for the incredible care he has received.

"His thoughts are with those affected by this terrible disease."

Image: Mr Johnson is being treated in St Thomas' hospital in London

He was rushed to St Thomas' hospital in central London on Sunday night – ten days after he tested positive for COVID-19.

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Fears grew for his health when his symptoms worsened and he was transferred to intensive care the following day.

He spent three nights there before Downing Street confirmed he was in the "early phase of his recovery" and moved back to a normal hospital ward.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A street cleaner is seen in front of Coronavirus messaging on Picadilly Circus on April 8, 2020 in London, England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was transferred to the intensive care unit at St Thomas' Hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened on Monday night. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
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Mr Johnson waved his thanks to NHS doctors and nurses as he left the intensive care unit, his spokesman confirmed on Friday.

But they said it was too early to say how long he would need to stay in hospital.

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"Decisions such as this will be on the advice of his medical team. They have given him brilliant care," the spokesman added.

On Friday, it was confirmed the daily rise in UK deaths of hospital patients who have COVID-19 was 980 – surpassing Spain's highest total of 961.

The death toll in UK hospitals is now 8,958.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is deputising for the prime minister in his absence.

Addressing the government's daily coronavirus news conference on Thursday, Mr Raab said it was too early to consider lifting the UK's lockdown.

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