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Boris Johnson 'scaled back workload' but knew the 'buck stopped with him', says former comms director

Boris Johnson scaled back his workload but knew there were "massive judgement calls to be made" after he was diagnosed with coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street, London, joining in with a national applause for the NHS on March 26

Guto Harri, who was Mr Johnson's communications director when he was Mayor of London, told Good Morning Britain the Prime Minister started delegating but always knew "the buck stopped with him".

Only a week ago when he was told he had the virus he was pretty bullish about just shaking it off and ploughing on.

And that's pretty much what he did. But when I saw him, like everyone else, standing outside Number Ten, leading the applause for the NHS workers on Thursday I thought he looked pretty rough.

I'm told all week he has scaled back some of the direct work that he's been doing he's delegated a lot of that. He's taken medical advice, they have tried to protect him - those around him at Number Ten.

But in the end there are massive judgement calls to be made at at time like this and Boris is not one to pass those judgement calls on and the buck stops with him at the end of the day. He will be held accountable for all this.

– Guto Harri, Boris Johnson's former communications director