At the beginning of April 2020, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson had spent seven nights at St. Thomas' Hospital in London after his COVID-19 symptoms persisted.

Following his discharge, the PM has been recuperating at his official country residence, Chequers, in Buckinghamshire. But even as he recovers, he is already in contact with other world leaders and could be back to work “before the end of next week” to lead the U.K. out of coronavirus lockdown.

In his absence, First Secretary of State Dominic Raab has taken charge. While Boris Johnson's spokesman has assured that he is "continuing his recovery at Chequers and isn't formally doing government work," the Prime Minister is in constant touch with other world leaders, his ministers and officials.

"He has been receiving updates from Number 10 on the coronavirus response and has spoken with the First Secretary of State [Dominic Raab] and senior members of his team," the spokesman said. "Yesterday he sent a message of condolence to [Canadian Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau after the very sad loss of life in the shooting in Canada.”

Boris Johnson has already interacted with Donald Trump, thanking the U.S. President  "his good wishes while he was unwell" and also shared thoughts "on the importance of a coordinated international response to coronavirus." Johnson will be speaking to the Queen later this week via telephone, marking his first audience with her in three weeks.

But even though he is still recovering, chances are that he will be back to work sooner than expected

As of now, Downing Street has refused to comment on the exact duration of Johnson’s recovery or when he will be returning to work, citing that it all depends on how well he recovers from COVID-19. 

But a source close to Johnson has shared that he won’t be the least bit surprised if the PM is “back before the end of next week” as he is “key to selling the end of lockdown to voters.” “This is the biggest decision he will ever take and he knows the implications are vast for millions of families. There is no way he will be on the sidelines,” the source divulged.

boris johnson Boris Johnson celebrates on stage following his win as he attends the count at Brunel University London in Uxbridge, England, May 8, 2015. Getty Images/ Matt Cardy