British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has undergone a “very minor routine operation related to his sinuses”, his official spokesman said on Monday.
“He went to the hospital around 06:00 (05:00 GMT) and the operation was performed this morning,” he told reporters.
“He was back in Downing Street shortly after 10 a.m..”
The spokesperson said the planned procedure was carried out at the state-run National Health Service under general anaesthetic.
Johnson was resting and his return to work would depend on his health, but he planned to chair a Cabinet meeting of key ministers on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister, who turned 58 on Sunday, has appeared in the foul weather several times over the past week, sniffling as if he had a cold.
He spent several days in hospital intensive care in April 2020 after contracting Covid, calling it a “difficult old time” that “could have gone either way”.
In an interview afterwards, he said Downing Street officials had a contingency plan in the event of his death.
While he was away, then Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab filled in.
Raab, now justice secretary and deputy prime minister, and the cabinet secretary were aware of Monday’s proceedings in advance, the spokesman said.
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