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10 March 2020

The health minister Nadine Dorries says she has tested positive for Covid, prompting concerns over the virus spreading at Westminster and even Downing Street, where she attended a reception the previous week.




Rishi Sunak delivering his Budget in the House of Commons, 11 March



Rishi Sunak delivering his budget in the House of Commons on 11 March 2020. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA

11 March

Rishi Sunak delivers the budget in a crowded House of Commons chamber, pledging billions to tackle the pandemic




Boris Johnson gives a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic with chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance on 16 March



Boris Johnson gives a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic with chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance on 16 March. Photograph: WPA Pool/Getty Images

16 March

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, meets Boris Johnson in Downing Street at 8pm with his team members Seumas Milne and Jon Ashworth to speak about the coronavirus bill. Milne later falls ill.

19 March

More senior politicians are diagnosed with Covid including the EU Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier. The UK’s Brexit negotiator, David Frost, self-isolates.




Boris Johnson addressing the nation from 10 Downing Street, London, as he placed the UK under the first national lockdown.



Boris Johnson addresses the nation from 10 Downing Street, London, as announced the first national lockdown. Photograph: PA

23 March

The prime minister announces the first national lockdown.

25 March

Johnson leads prime minister’s questions with a depleted number of MPs but with staffers and press still in the gallery. The health secretary, Matt Hancock, is seen in close contact with the Commons Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle.

26 March

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus.




Boris Johnson chairing the morning Covid-19 meeting on 27 March after self isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.



Boris Johnson chairing the morning Covid-19 meeting on 27 March after self isolating after testing positive for coronavirus Photograph: Andrew Parsons/Downing Street Handout

27 March

Hancock and Johnson test positive. Chris Whitty self-isolates along with many of his team. Johnson’s chief of staff, Dominic Cummings, leaves No 10 for Durham after his wife develops symptoms.

1 April

The cabinet secretary, Mark Sedwill, is ill and self-isolates, though he insists to staff he will continue to lead the response to the outbreak.




Matt Hancock giving a remote press conference to update the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic after returning to work, 2 April



Matt Hancock gives a remote press conference on 2 April after returning to work after self-isolating. Photograph: Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty Images

2 April

Hancock returns from self-isolation and resumes work. Johnson makes an appearance to applaud NHS workers from Downing Street, but looks unwell. Doctors are concerned the prime minister is entering a dangerous phase where symptoms do not alleviate by week two and preparations are made for a bed for him at St Thomas’ hospital.




Boris Johnson in a fideo saying he is on the mend, 3 April



Boris Johnson appears in a video on 3 April saying he is on the mend. Photograph: 10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty Images

3 April

The prime minister releases a video saying he is on the mend and has one remaining symptom. No 10 denies his condition is worsening. His fiancee, Carrie Symonds, becomes deeply concerned and is said by friends to have urged action.




Larry the cat sits in front of 10 Downing Street, 5 April after Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests



Larry the cat sits in front of 10 Downing Street on 5 April after Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

5 April

Johnson is taken to hospital after days of persistent symptoms and given oxygen.

6 April

The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, claims the prime minister is still “leading”. Johnson’s condition worsens significantly and at 8.10pm No 10 announces he is in critical care. Downing Street is told there is a 50-50 chance of him being put on a ventilator.

7 April

The Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, announces he is self-isolating. Raab gives the daily press briefing, saying the prime minister is “stable overnight, he’s receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any assistance”.




The media outside St Thomas’ hospital in central London on 9 April



The media outside St Thomas’ hospital in central London on 9 April. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

9 April

Johnson is moved out of ICU and continues to receive “close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery”. Raab describes him as being in “extremely good spirits”.




Boris Johnson records a video message on Easter Sunday at Number 10 after release from the hospital, before leaving for Chequers 12 April



Boris Johnson records a video message on Easter Sunday, 12 April, at No 10 after his release from the hospital, before leaving for Chequers. Photograph: Getty Images

12 April

Johnson is discharged from hospital seven days after being admitted and travels to his country residence, Chequers, to recuperate. In a video message, he says: “The NHS has saved my life, no question … Though the struggle is by no means over, we are now making progress in this incredible national battle against coronavirus.” Meanwhile, Cummings sets out on an eyesight-testing trip to Barnard Castle.

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