Boris Johnson has praised NHS workers and the general public in a new video as he fights coronavirus at home.

The Prime Minister was diagnosed with the virus earlier this week and today he updated the nation with his latest message on Sunday evening.

Mr Johnson thanked everyone for staying at home and said that 20,000 retired NHS staff were returning to work to fight Covid-19 - reports Chronicle Live.

In the video Boris said: "Hi folks, I want to update you on the latest steps the Government is taking to fight the coronavirus.

"First the most important thing is that our policy is unchanged, that's to delay the spread of the disease so as to reduce the pressure on the NHS, reduce the demand on the NHS at that critical peak moment, and that's how we hope to save many thousands of lives.

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"I want to thank everybody who has been complying with our instructions to stay at home. We have already seen massive falls in railway usage, I think down by 95%, bus usage down by about 75% - people really trying to work from home if they possibly can.

"And that's what we want. Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

"Again I want to thank everybody in the NHS. I want to thank all our public sector workers - the roll call of honour you'll be familiar with.

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"Also everybody in the private sector, one group in particular - not just the supermarkets and all the workers in those businesses who help to keep our country going, but our pharmacists as well.

"I think how important it is our pharmacists are not only dispensing vital medicines but also very often reassurance to the customers they interact with.

"So thank you to our wonderful pharmacists for everything that you are doing.

"Thank you to everybody who's now coming back into the NHS in such huge numbers. Just this evening I can tell you we have 20,000 NHS staff coming back to the colours, doctors and nurses.

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"It's a most amazing thing. And that's in addition to the 750,000 members of the public who have volunteered to help us get through this crisis.

"We are going to do it. We are going to do it together. One thing the coronavirus crisis has already proved is that there really is such a thing as society. So thank you to all of you."

Mr Johnson discovered he had coronavirus late on Thursday night, after coming down with a cough and high temperature earlier in the day.

Downing Street said he would continue working as normal despite having the virus and would use video-conferencing to talk with colleagues during his isolation.