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Boris Johnson moved out of intensive care in 'early phase of his recovery'

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is no longer in intensive care after being hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms.

Downing Street said on Thursday that the British 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," per BBC News. A spokesperson added that he is "in extremely good spirits."

Johnson was admitted to the hospital in London on Sunday, 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. Downing Street said this was a "precautionary step" because he continued "to have persistent symptoms," and Johnson said he would receive "some routine tests." He described his coronavirus symptoms as mild on March 27, saying they included a fever and a persistent cough.

On Monday, Johnson was moved into intensive care after his condition "worsened." But now, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday said Johnson is "making positive steps forward.