Boris Johnson will speak to Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II this week, despite still recovering from coronavirus. The Prime Minister is set to chat with the US president this afternoon, a spokesperson for Number 10 said. He will then have a telephone audience with the Queen, who is celebrating her 94th birthday today, later this week. The spokesperson continued: ‘Johnson is continuing his recovery at Chequers and isn’t formally doing Government work. As we discussed yesterday, he has been receiving updates from Number 10 on the coronavirus response and has spoken with the First Secretary of State and senior members of his team. ‘Yesterday he sent a message of condolence to Justin Trudeau after the very sad loss of life in the shooting in Canada. Later today, at around about 2 pm, he will be speaking with President Trump.’
Johnson left the hospital, where he spent time in intensive care with coronavirus, on April 12. He is now staying at Chequers with his partner Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child. First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, has since taken the reins in his absence and will stand in for the PM during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday and chair a Cabinet meeting on Thursday
On Monday it was revealed he had shared a video call with veteran Captain Tom Moore, 99, after he raised more than £27,600,000 for the NHS by walking 100 lengths of his garden. Johnson and Trump have not spoken in around three weeks, and are expected to discuss the international response to the coronavirus crisis. More than 42,000 people have died after testing positive for the virus in the US.