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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson And Fiancée Carrie Symonds Announce Birth Of Son – NPR

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, shown here in March, announced Wednesday that she gave birth to a “healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning” and both mother and baby are doing well.

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, shown here in March, announced Wednesday that she gave birth to a “healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning” and both mother and baby are doing well.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a father again. He and his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, announced Wednesday morning that she gave birth to a baby boy. Mother and baby are doing “very well,” according to a spokesperson for the couple.

Johnson and Symonds thanked the “fantastic NHS maternity team” for their work delivering the child at a London hospital. This is the second time this month Johnson has personally thanked England’s National Health Service. The first was after he was treated in an intensive care unit for COVID-19.

After a three-week absence, Johnson returned to work Monday and urged the nation to continue to adhere to the national lockdown, warning of the risk of another spike in coronavirus cases.

“This is the moment when we can press home our advantage,” said Johnson, referring to a declining number of COVID-19 cases in hospitals. “It is also the moment of maximum risk.”

The U.K. has confirmed more than 161,000 COVID-19 cases, with more than 21,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus. I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.

— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) April 4, 2020

Symonds, 32, also displayed symptoms of the respiratory disease during her pregnancy. Earlier this month, she announced that she was feeling better.

Johnson, 55, is the father of at least six children, four with his second wife, Marina Wheeler, from whom he is divorced, and one with art consultant Helen Macintyre, with whom he had an affair.

Asked during the election campaign last December by LBC radio how many children he had, the prime minister declined to answer, saying he didn’t think the nation wanted to hear about it.

“I love my children very much,” Johnson said, “but they are not standing at this election.”

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Prime Minister Ardern says New Zealand has won “battle” against community spread of coronavirus – CBS News

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that the country has “won” the battle against widespread community transmission of the coronavirus, for now. The country is also dropping from Alert Level Four to Alert Level Three, as the number of new coronavirus cases continue to remain low.

Over the past several days, new cases of coronavirus in the country have been “in the single digits,” Ardern said in a press conference Monday. She called the numbers “incredible,” crediting the low amount of cases to the “sacrifices that every single New Zealander has made.”

Ardern explained that to fully “succeed” in the fight against the coronavirus, the country must “hunt down” the remaining cases of the virus — but that it has won the battle against more widespread community transmission. “There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle,” said Ardern. “But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.”

New Zealand reported just one new confirmed case of coronavirus Monday, with four “probable” cases. The national total of confirmed cases is 1,122, Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said at the press conference. Nineteen people have died from the disease in New Zealand, according to the Ministry of Health

Later in the press conference, Bloomfield was asked if he considered the coronavirus to be eliminated in the country.

“Our goal is elimination,” Bloomfield said. “And again, that doesn’t mean eradication, but it means we get down to a small number of cases so that we are able to stamp out any cases and any outbreaks that might come up.” 

Ardern further explained the disease is “currently” eliminated in New Zealand, but that new cases may continue to appear: “So as we have said elimination means we may well reach zero, but we may well then have small numbers of cases coming up again,” she said. “That doesn’t mean we have failed, it just means that we are in the position to have that zero tolerance approach to have a very aggressive management of those cases and keep those numbers low and fading out again.” 


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New Zealand lowered to Alert Level Three on Monday at 11:59 p.m. It had previously declared a state of emergency and gone on lockdown March 25. Ardern fully stressed that despite the updated alert level, the country cannot yet return to “pre-COVID-19 life. That day will come but it is not here yet.”

Under level three, people are still told to work from home “unless that is not possible,” with the exception of essential workers, according to a government handout. The public is permitted to expand their interactions slightly from just their “household bubble,” to include close family, caregivers or provide support to isolated individuals in their local area.

Retail, stores and restaurants may open if they do so safely, but they must do business solely through means of delivery, drive-through or contactless pick up, according to the handout. Supermarkets, pharmacies and food banks continue remain open.

The country will remain at Alert Level Three for two weeks, before the government reviews progress and issues further guidance.

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