Former children’s winner Michael Rosen has been removed from intensive care after “a long and difficult” day of 47 days, said his wife.
The children’s novelist and poet was admitted to the London hospital eight weeks ago.
Emma-Louise Williams said that her husband was continuing his recovery in a room and that it would “take time”.
Rosen, 74, has documented the early stages of her illness online, describing the possible symptoms of a coronavirus.
In a Saturday update, his wife tweeted: “Michael has been in the hospital for eight weeks and I am very happy to say that he left intensive care yesterday after 47 long and difficult days.
“His recovery continues in service and will take time.
“He was so successful in getting through this, but don’t expect him to come back here.”
The message was re-tweeted on Rosen’s Twitter account, alongside a comment lauding “the incredible efforts of the kind staff” at Whittington hospital in north London, where he is receiving care.
Rosen, who was a children’s winner from 2007 to 2009, detailed her early symptoms in a series of tweets.
On March 22, he said, “I can’t help my thermostat from crashing: frozen hands, warm heads. Freezing sweats.
“Under the covers to shake the bed.
“Image of a war hero biting a handkerchief, while his best companion plunges living charcoal into the wound to cauterize it. Go out at daybreak on the grape stalks”
The next day, Rosen said he had no chest pain or persistent cough, “so throughout the illness it could have been a serious flu, not a crown.”
His wife, who has not confirmed whether he has contracted a coronavirus, later resumed updating his condition on his social media account after being admitted to hospital in late March.
In early May, to mark Rosen’s 74th birthday, she shared a photo of him surrounded by friends at an event last year.
Rosen’s many works for children include bear hunting, Little Rabbit Foo Foo and Tiny Little Fly.
In 2008, he wrote the poem It’s the Hands to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the NHS, which has since been published in It’s the Hands: Poems from the Heart of the NHS.
All proceeds from the book go to the NHS Charities Covid Appeal.