UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday became a father again, after his wife, Carrie, gave birth to a girl, Downing Street said.
The “healthy baby girl” was born at a London hospital in the early hours and “both mother and daughter are doing very well”, a spokeswoman for the couple said.
“The couple would like to thank the brilliant NHS (National Health Service) maternity team for all their care and support,” she added. Johnson is believed to have been present at the birth. The announcement comes as he faces backlash over the imposition of new coronavirus restrictions designed to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant.
He is also under pressure from the public after claims that Downing Street staff held a Christmas party last year in defiance of restrictions on social gatherings.
His spokesman said Johnson would “take some time” off but the “particularly challenging time for the country” meant he would continue to lead the government.
“You can expect the prime minister to take some time with his family,” he told reporters.
“As ever he needs to balance that with his responsibilities as prime minister and leading the country, which he will continue to do.” Johnson, 57, has been married three times.
Originally published in Dawn, December 10th, 2021