British PM Johnson and fiancee thrilled by birth of son

Elias Hubbard
April 30, 2020

Messages of congratulations poured in from across the political spectrum for the couple, who have in recent weeks been confronted with the realities of the global coronavirus outbreak up close.

But as he scrambles to get a grip on the coronavirus crisis, the PM left Carrie in a London hospital and returned to Downing Street amid concerns that key decisions over the lockdown and how to ease Britain out of it could slip because of the new baby.

Ms Symonds, 32, revealed this month that she had been in self-isolation after suffering coronavirus symptoms.

First Minister Arlene Foster has congratulated Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds on the birth of their baby son.

They added that the baby and his mother were both "doing very well". "Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team".

Johnson has four children with his second wife, the lawyer Marina Wheeler: Lara Lettice, 26, Milo Arthur, 24, Cassia Peaches, 22, and Theodore Apollo, 20.

The RCOG said emerging evidence suggests that transmission from a woman to her baby during pregnancy or birth is "probable".

The comments came after Public Health England (PHE) announced a total of 26,097 people have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community in the United Kingdom after contracting COVID-19.

But that figure was expected to rise further, as the government begins reporting both deaths in hospital and the wider community, particularly care homes.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, as he resumes working after spending two weeks recovering from Covid-19.

And world leaders, including Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison and Japanese premier Shinzo Abe, also sent their wishes.

Mr Rees-Mogg told MPs: "As a father-of-six I know that there is no greater joy than a new life suddenly appearing in the room".

"Chancellor Merkel has made it clear that they might need a second lockdown in Germany if the infection rate continues to rise", the United Kingdom foreign chief said at a Downing Street briefing admitting that the same reported uptick in the United Kingdom "is a very real risk".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "Some good news - sending congratulations to Carrie and the PM".

Since the couple began publicly dating in early 2019, she has kept a low profile.

The pair became the first unmarried couple to move into 10 Downing Street past year.

The pair announced they were expecting a child "in the early summer" on March 1st, but declined to give a specific due date, so it is unclear whether today's birth - in mid-Spring - was early or not.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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