BORIS Johnson is “full of energy” as he returns to work today to decide the lockdown plans after fighting coronavirus for his life.
The Prime Minister returned to Downing Street last night, and is now facing crucial talks on the lockdown.
Speaking this morning, Health Minister Edward Argar praised his stand in Dominic Raab but revealed the PM was back at his best.
He told Sky News: “It’s great to see him restored to full health and with his hands on the tiller again.
“What’s in the PMs in tray, you expect he’ll have been fully briefed over the weekend.
“He and I exchanged messages yesterday, he was raring to be back, he was full of energy as you’d expect.
“I think he will be meeting this morning with senior ministers and senior advisers and being fully caught up on everything.”
Mr Johnson has spent several weeks recovering from coronavirus after a bout that saw him sent to an intensive care ward.
The PM, who was discharged from St Thomas’ Hospital in Central London two weeks ago, is said to have spent the past week easing back into his workload.
Since leaving hospital, he has been recovering at Chequers with his pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds – also believed to have had the deadly bug.
He is due this morning to chair his first meeting of the Covid-19 “war cabinet” since being taken to hospital over three weeks ago.
Allies have said the PM is keen to “modify” parts of the lockdown earlier than expected – if the scientific guidance allows him to do so.
One of his allies told the Telegraph: “May 7 is the day when the Government is legally obliged to review the lockdown measures, but if Boris wants to change the restrictions earlier than that, or at least announce something before that, then he could go sooner.
“There is definitely a sense that we could be doing more than we are at the moment in terms of people going to work, especially if they are working outdoors.”
The lockdown is one of the biggest issues facing the PM on his return, with Tory backbenchers demanding more info on how and when it will end.
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “Everyone will be glad he’s back for personal as well as public reasons. He is the only one who has clear executive control and his return will be incredibly welcome.
“When he gets back I hope he will address the nation directly and explain how well the British public have done so far and that his government will plan for the time when we can start to move out of lockdown.”
Mr Raab has said the next steps will need to be “sure-footed, which is why we are proceeding very cautiously.”
He warned that Brits will have to get used to a “new normal.”