British PM Johnson and fiancee welcome their first son together

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Carrie Symonds, fiancee of British Prime Boris Johnson, gave birth to a healthy baby on Wednesday.

The delivery at a London hospital was slightly earlier than had been expected.

The 32-year-old had previously said her baby was due in early summer.

It was unclear if Johnson would take paternity leave – given the government is facing the worst health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak.

But on the streets of London the birth was welcomed as a rare piece of happy news.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, JOAN WATERFIELD, SAYING:

“Congratulations to Boris and Carrie. I just heard it’s a little boy and I hope everything’s ok.”

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT MAX PERCY, SAYING:

“I think it’s probably a tough time to be bringing a child into the world but I am really happy for him. He’s got a lot on his hands at the minute.”

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT JAN HIRST, SAYING;

“I just can’t imagine what it’s like for him and one can only hope that he’s getting a lot of support”

The new arrival tops a tumultuous month for Johnson.

He returned to work on Monday after recuperating from COVID-19, which had left him gravely ill in intensive care at the peak of the UK outbreak.

Symonds, a former PR executive, also had virus symptoms but recovered more swiftly.

A wide spectrum of politicians have sent congratulations to the couple – among them finance minister Rishi Sunak and opposition Labour party leader Keir Starmer.

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