UK PM Boris Johnson and Fiancée Carrie Symonds announce birth of son

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a son, BBC reports.

A spokeswoman for the PM and his partner said both mother and baby are “doing very well”.

It is understood Mr Johnson, who has just recovered from coronavirus, was present throughout the birth, at an NHS hospital in London.

But he has now returned to work in Downing Street, No 10 said, where he is leading the response to the pandemic.

He is expected to take a “short period” of paternity leave at some point later this year, Downing Street said.

Mr Johnson, 55, and Ms Symonds, 32, announced in March that they were expecting a baby in “early summer”, and that they had become engaged at the end of last year.

They are the first unmarried couple to move into Downing Street together.

The baby is Ms Symonds’ first child, while Mr Johnson is known to have fathered five.

The family are planning to continue living in the flat above Number 11 Downing Street and it’s understood their dog, Dilyn, will also be remaining in residence.

Mr Johnson returned to work on Monday, after a battle with coronavirus which saw him spend three nights in intensive care. Ms Symonds also suffered symptoms of the disease.

Ms Symonds said on social media that she had spent a “worrying” week in bed with the symptoms of the virus while the PM was self-isolating with the the disease.