India, Oct. 2 -- Initially denying and playing down the virus, followed by contraction and fever, and eventual self-isolation.

There are some parallels in the Covid-19 scripts of US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson; the latter had to be hospitalised and was on a ventilator for several days in April.

It was a brush with death, he admitted later. His recovery was close, "it could have gone either way."

Like Trump, who played down the virus and was rarely seen wearing a mask in public, Johnson too had made light of the virus earlier this year.

On March 3, the day his scientific and medical advisers cautioned against shaking hands, Johnson declared on live television: "I was at a hospital the other night where I ...