Boris Johnson, British prime minister, and Carrie Symonds, his girlfriend, have welcomed the arrival of a bouncing baby boy — weeks after his near-death battle with the COVID-19.

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The couple’s spokesperson, who broke the good news in a statement, said the baby was delivered in a London hospital on Wednesday morning.

“The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well. The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team,” the statement read.

Several British political figures including Rishi Sunak, chancellor of the Exchequer, and David Cameron, former British PM, have taken to social media platforms to congratulate the couple.

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“Great to hear Downing Street is getting a new resident. Congratulations to @BorisJohnson and @carriesymonds on the birth of their son,” Sunak wrote.

On his part, David wrote: “Heartfelt congratulations @BorisJohnson and @carriesymonds on your wonderful news today. Sam and I are thrilled for you both! Sorry we didn’t leave the cot – but the climbing frame should still be in the garden!.”

The arrival of their new baby comes about two weeks after Johnson — who had contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus — was discharged from the hospital after undergoing treatment.

The duo also made headlines in December last year after they were pictured flying an economy class during their New Year holiday visit to the Caribbean.

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