London, United Kingdom:
Capt. Tom Moore, 100, who captured British hearts with a Covid-19 fundraiser, was hospitalized with the virus on Sunday, his family said.
Moore raised millions of pounds for charity by walking around his garden and then became the oldest man to top the UK music charts with a cover of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
“In the past few weeks he has been treated for pneumonia and tested positive for Covid-19 last week,” Moore’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said on Twitter.
“He was at our house to this day when he needed extra help with breathing,” she explained, adding, “he’s being treated in a ward even though he’s not in the intensive care unit” or in an intensive care unit.
Moore was admitted to a hospital in Bedford, Central England.
The BBC quoted a family spokesman as saying he had not yet been vaccinated against the virus because of his pneumonia.
Moore, who served in India during World War II, raised $ 45 million for the State National Health Service (NHS) fighting the coronavirus outbreak.
One part was raised by circling his garden 100 times with his hiker just before his 100th birthday on April 30, 2020 when he received the honorary rank of colonel.
He then recorded “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a US show tune best known as the Liverpool Football Club anthem that shot to # 1 on the charts.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted on Sunday: “You have inspired the whole nation and I know we all wish you a full recovery.”
Knighted by the Queen in July, Moore, affectionately known as “Captain Tom,” has become a role model in a nation hit by the worst Covid-19 death toll in Europe, now over 106,000 .