Coronavirus -hit PM Boris Johnson is said to have waved to NHS staff that had helped him tackle the deadly bug as he was moved out of intensive care last night.

The Prime Minister is in "very good spirits" after being discharged from intensive care, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said he was "enormously grateful" for the care he had received from NHS staff at St Thomas' Hospital.

"I am told he was waving his thanks towards the nurses and doctors that he saw as he was being moved from the intensive care unit back to the ward," the spokesman said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care on Monday

"Hopefully it was clear to the staff that he was waving his gratitude."

The spokesman said he was not aware of any contact between Mr Johnson and No 10 and that it was too early to say how long he would need to remain in hospital.

"The Prime Minister is back on a ward and continuing his recovery which is at an early stage. He continues to be in very good spirits," the spokesman said.

"Decisions such as this will be on the advice of his medical team. They have given him brilliant care."

Earlier on Friday, the PM's dad Stanley had said the entire family are "amazingly grateful" to NHS staff for their treatment of the PM during his battle against coronavirus in intensive care this week.

St Thomas' Hospital in central London where Boris is being cared for

But Stanley Johnson has warned that Boris will need a period of rest after being moved from the intensive care unit at St Thomas' Hospital.

He said the Prime Minister's illness had underlined just how serious the coronavirus outbreak was.

"To use that American expression, he almost took one for the team. We have got to make sure we play the game properly now," he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

He played down suggestions that his son would now quickly return to work at Downing Street.