British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his early morning run.


British PM Boris Johnson spotted in Philippines t-shirt in a nod to Filipino nurses


DUBAI – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was spotted wearing a Philippines holiday t-shirt on his early morning run in what was seen as a tribute to Filipino frontliners helping the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson, 55, had contracted Covid-19 last month and spent a week in the hospital. He reportedly blamed his weight for the intensive care that he needed after contracting the virus.

On Thursday, a pale Johnson was caught on camera wearing a white t-shirt with Philippines printed on it, and a navy Adidas shorts as he returned to Downing Street after his morning run.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his early morning run. PETER MACLIARMID/LNP

It’s the second day in a row that he has been going on the early morning run.

The British premier was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital in London for 10 days in April after testing positive for coronavirus. He was moved to the intensive care on his second day. When he was discharged from the hospital, he thanked NHS staff who he said “saved my life, no question”.

Filipino healthcare workers in the UK and around the world have received praise for helping countries fight the highly contagious coronavirus.

In April, British media personality Piers Morgan, during his Good Morning Britain broadcast, also praised Filipinos working with the NHS.

“Amazing number of Filipinos working at NHS and unsung heroes,” he said, calling them an “extraordinary workforce”.

“These are the immigrants currently saving people’s lives, coming here and enriching our country and doing an amazing job. Thank you to all Filipinos who are here doing an amazing work and to every other immigrant working at NHS. I hope at the end of this, perhaps we have a different feeling about what immigration has done of this country,” he said.

In the UAE, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana applauded Filipino healthcare workers at the country’s largest Covid-19 testing centre in Mussaffah, Abu Dhabi.

During a visit to the facility earlier this month, the Philippine ambassador praised the Filipino frontliners for their “extraordinary contributions” in UAE’s efforts to contain the spread of the highly contagious and deadly Covid-19.

“When I was telling the nurses how proud we are of them, the CEO of the Ambulatory Healthcare Service, Mohamed Hawas Al Sadid, told them that they, too, are very proud of them,” Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana told ICA/Expat Media

Applause for Filipino frontliners at UAE’s largest Covid-19 test centre

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