Tom Moore, the 100-year-old World War II veteran who captivated the British population at the start of the coronavirus pandemic for his fundraising efforts, was admitted to a hospital with covid-19, the daughter announced.
Hannah Ingram-Moore revealed in a statement on the social platform Twitter that her father, known as Captain Tom, was admitted to Bedford Hospital because he needed “additional help” with breathing.
He also informed that in the last weeks his father was being treated for pneumonia and that last week he tested positive for the new coronavirus, but indicated that he was not admitted to an intensive care unit.
” The medical treatments he has received in the past few weeks have been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do everything they can to keep you comfortable and allow you to return home as soon as possible,” he said.
Moore became a benchmark of hope in the early weeks of the covid-19 pandemic, in April 2020, when he traveled 100 laps around his garden in England on his 100th birthday, and as a tribute to the National Service for Health. Instead of the objective of guaranteeing a contribution of one thousand pounds (1128 euros), it collected around 33 million pounds (37 million euros).
Moore, who was promoted to captain while in India and Myanmar during the war, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July for his efforts to raise funds for the National Health Service.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,219,793 deaths resulting from more than 102.5 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.