Boris Johnson announces birth of baby boy just days after surviving battle with coronavirus

Days after a battle with coronavirus that saw Johnson hospitalized, he announces the birth of a son with fiancée Carrie Symonds

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds enter Downing Street as the Conservatives celebrate a sweeping election victory on December 13, 2019, in London, England.

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Days after leaving intensive care having contracted coronavirus, Boris Johnson has announced the birth of a baby boy with fiancée Carrie Symonds.

On Wednesday the couple announced they had had a “healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning.”

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Bookies quickly opened betting on the baby’s name, yet to be announced, with Wilfred emerging as a 2/1 favorite and attracting almost a quarter of the bets, according to betting website Oddschecker.

George and Thomas were close behind, and speculation Johnson would want to name the boy after his hero, Sir Winston Churchill, saw Winston fetch bets at 12/1.

Ministers and members of Parliament congratulated Johnson and Symonds on Wednesday. Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: “Such happy news amid such uncertainty, 2020 is certainly a year they will never forget.”

Johnson and Symonds announced in February that they were expecting a child and had gotten engaged. She had also suffered from coronavirus symptoms.

A spokesperson for the couple said Symonds and the couple’s son are doing “very well,” according to media reports.

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The Prime Minister in April released a video message on Twitter thanking the U.K.’s National Health Service for saving his life as he battled the virus.

In the space of a month, the health service has helped save the Prime Minister’s life and delivered his child.

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