Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care where he was being treated for coronavirus.
The Prime Minister was rushed to hospital on Sunday night for treatment after his condition worsened over the weekend.
He will remain in hospital for observation but is reportedly in the early stages of recovery.
According to Mirror Online, on Thursday evening, a Number 10 spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery.”
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The spokesman added: “He is in extremely good spirits.”
Speaking earlier on Thursday, a Number 10 spokesperson said the PM was “able to contact people if required”, but did not say how or if he is using a phone.
Dominic Raab, speaking at the daily Downing Street Covid-19 briefing, said: “I think it’s important particularly while he’s in intensive care to let him focus on the recovery.
“We in the Government have got this covered.
“I chaired the Cobra meeting that I have just come from, we are pursuing all the different strands of our strategy to defeat the coronavirus and I’m confident we’ll get there.”
“He’s still in intensive care but he continues to make positive steps forward and he’s in good spirits.”
Mr Raab, asked if he could take major decisions required in Mr Johnson’s absence, replied: “I’ve got all the authority I need to make the relevant decisions – whether it’s through chairing Cabinet updates, chairing Cobra, or indeed the morning meetings of senior ministers.”
He added it was a “team effort”.
While being treated in hospital, Mr Johnson has been receiving oxygen treatment, but his condition was described as “stable.”
And yesterday he was said to have been “sitting up in bed” as his condition improved.
The news comes as deaths linked to the COVID-19 virus in Merseyside continued to rise on Thursday.
The number of people who have died at Liverpool’s hospitals after falling ill with coronavirus now stands at 113.
According to official figures, the vast majority of those died at the hospitals run by the Royal Liverpool Trust – which includes the Royal, Broadgreen and Aintree hospitals.
This overall number has risen by ten since yesterday’s update.
Latest NHS England figures show that one more coronavirus death has been recorded in Wirral, taking the peninsular’s total to 47 at present.
Tragedies are also mounting at the Southport and Ormskirk Trust – which runs hospitals in both towns – with four more deaths recorded creating a total of 38.
The Trust covering St Helens and Whiston Hospitals has sadly registered a further six deaths in today’s update and has a total of 34 overall.
Three more deaths at the Warrington and Halton Hospital Trust mean 20 people have now died there after testing positive for Covid-19.
Sadly these figures refer only to the people who have sadly died in hospitals after being tested for coronavirus.
It is feared that the overall figures will be significantly higher when factoring in people who have died at home – or in care homes.
In total, a further 887 people have died from coronavirus in the UK, bringing the death toll to 7,248.
NHS England has confirmed 756 more people have died in its hospitals, bringing the total number of deaths from 6,483 to 7,248.
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Patients were aged between 24 and 103 years old.
43 of the 765 patients (aged between 33 and 99 years old) had no known underlying health condition.
Their families have been informed.