Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on February 26, 2020, to take part in Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) at the House of Commons. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will return to work Monday morning, a PM office spokesperson told Xinhua on Sunday.

Johnson is going back to work Monday morning and he has said he is “raring to go”, according to the spokesperson.

The prime minister was treated in hospital after contracting the novel coronavirus and having a short period of self-isolation. He has been in recovery after leaving the hospital around two weeks ago.

At Sunday’s Downing Street daily press briefing, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice said that the prime minister has been “in all of our thoughts” as he faced a very difficult encounter with the virus and they are “delighted” he is back at the helm.

As of Saturday afternoon, a total of 20,732 people who are hospitalized and tested positive for the virus have died, a daily increase of 413, according to the figures released on Sunday by the Department of Health and Social Care.

As many as 152,840 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed as of Sunday morning, the department added.

Responding to a question about the lockdown exit strategy, Eustice said it is too early to review the current social distancing measures, and the evidence will be examined at the regular three-week review.

“All our efforts, hard though they might be, have begun to pay off,” he said, but adding that “this is not the time to say we’ve done a good job we need to stop complying with social distancing.” Enditem

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