Boris Johnson’s baby arrives amidst COVID-19 pandemics



Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a “healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning”.

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Both mother and baby are doing very well, their spokesman said.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, described it as a “moment of unalloyed joy” while the chancellor Rishi Sunak congratulated the couple, adding: “Great to hear Downing Street is getting a new resident.”

It was unclear for 24 hours whether Mr Johnson would be attending the weekly session of prime minister’s questions, facing the new Labour leader at the despatch box for the first time.

But on Wednesday – just two hours before the weekly sessions – a spokesperson for both the couple said: “The prime minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well.”

Earlier this year the couple announce they were expecting a baby in the “early summer”, and that they had become engaged at the end of 2019.

Dominic Raab, the first secretary of state and foreign secretary, who had been deputising for the PM as he recovered from Covid-19, will stand in for Mr Johnson at prime minister’s questions later today.

Mr Johnson had been expected in the Commons on for the first time since he fell ill with coronavirus last month – providing MPs and the new Labour leader with an opportunity to scrutinise his approach to the pandemic.

On Monday, the prime minister delivered an address to the nation  – his first public appearance since leaving hospital – claiming there were signs the country was “turning the tide” against coronavirus.

But he warned it was too early to relax the lockdown, suggesting the country was now facing the “moment of maximum risk”, adding the government was aiming to avoid a “second major outbreak” of coronavirus and more loss of life.


Speaking outside Downing Street, Mr Johnson described the virus that has claimed over 20,000 lives in the UK just in hospitals as “an unexpected and invisible mugger” and said the now was the moment “we have begun together to wrestle it to the floor”.

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