Captain Sir Tom Moore admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid
Captain Sir Tom Moore has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19, his family confirmed today (Sunday).
The Second World War veteran has suffered with pneumonia over the last few weeks and has now tested positive for the virus.
After suffering with breathing problems, he was admitted to Bedford Hospital today.
In a statement posted on Twitter, his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore praised the 'remarkable' staff at the hospital who are treating Sir Tom on a coronavirus ward.
He is not currently in an intensive care unit, she said.
Ms Ingram-Moore said: "I wanted to update everybody that today my father was admitted to hospital.
"Over the last few weeks he was being treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for Covid-19.
"He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing.
"He is being treated in a ward, although he is not in ICU.
"The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible.
"We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focusing on my father and will update you when we are able to."
Messages have poured in for Sir Tom who has raised more than £32 million for the NHS, walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown in April.
The veteran set out to raise £1,000 from his lockdown charity challenge but his efforts struck a chord with the nation, and praise and donations flooded in.
In acknowledgement of his efforts, he was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi tweeted that he was “praying” for Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “The whole nation hopes you get well soon @captaintommoore. You’ve been an inspiration to us all throughout this crisis.”