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Boris Johnson’s six-week-old daughter was severely affected by Covid, the Mail can reveal today.
Downing Street announced last week that a family member of hers had tested positive for the virus. He did not indicate who the relative was, but it is understood that it is his daughter Romy.
A source said she had suffered with the virus “pretty badly” at five weeks, but now she was “recovering”.
Johnson did not appear in public for several days after last week’s announcement, reappearing only on Tuesday when he gave an interview to Sky News about the ‘Partygate’ revelations engulfing the government.
He seemed emotional and despondent, possibly in part explained by the personal tension in his family.
Yesterday, Mr. Johnson seemed to be back in zealous form when he took on a plot by rogue Red Wall MPs.
Despite the defection of an MP to the Labor Party, the attempted coup, dubbed the ‘Pork Pie Putsch’, seemed to crumble yesterday.
Downing Street insisted that Johnson would overcome any leadership threat and fight in the next election.
Romy Iris Charlotte Johnson was born on December 9 at University College Hospital in London and lives in the apartment above 11 Downing Street with the Prime Minister, her mother Carrie, 33, and the couple’s eldest son, Wilfred , 20 months.
Last Thursday, the prime minister canceled a visit to Lancashire, with Downing Street saying only that ‘a family member has tested positive for covid’ without identifying who.
A No 10 spokesman then said the Prime Minister would “follow guidance for vaccinated close contacts, including daily testing and limiting contact with others.”
The spokesman added that he would continue to hold meetings and “much of that will be done virtually.”
While children who get the virus are generally much less affected than adults, there is more concern for very young babies because they are so vulnerable.
Their immune systems are underdeveloped, and newborns typically lose weight for the first few days of life before beginning to gain it back.
Johnson, 57, who nearly died from the virus in the early weeks of the pandemic, followed advice to isolate as much as possible while his young daughter was unwell.
The NHS guidance regarding coronavirus in infants says: ‘Newborns do not appear to be at high risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus.
“However, it is important to keep a close eye on hygiene, particularly with family members residing in the home.
“Anyone entering the home should take standard hygiene precautions, including hand washing, and be careful handling her baby if she has symptoms of any illness, including coronavirus.”
In April 2020, during the first lockdown, Johnson fought for her life after contracting the virus. She spent a few tense days in intensive care.
Around the same time, Carrie herself, who was heavily pregnant, was bedridden and tweeted that she had “major symptoms of the coronavirus”.
The couple’s son was born at the end of that month.
In 2021, Ms. Johnson had a miscarriage, which she said left her heartbroken, before becoming pregnant with Romy.
When Mrs. Johnson announced the pregnancy, she said that she and her husband were “hoping to have our rainbow baby this Christmas.”
A rainbow baby is the term given to a child born into a family that lost one to miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death.
When her daughter was born last month, Ms Johnson wrote on Instagram: “Thank you so much to the amazing maternity staff at UCLH for taking such good care of us.” We are very, very grateful.
The couple married in May last year in a secretly planned ceremony at Westminster Cathedral, making Johnson the first prime minister to marry while in office in nearly 200 years.
- Boris Johnson’s six-week-old child Romy was ‘badly hit’ by Covid, source says
- Downing Street announced a member of his family had tested positive for Covid
- It did not state who the relative was but it is understood to be his daughter Romy
- Mr Johnson did not appear in public for several days after the announcement