Marianne Faithfull has been released from hospital following a 22 day battle with COVID-19.
A statement posted to Faithfull’s social media accounts told fans that the 73-year-old would continue to recuperate in London as she aims to make a full recovery, the post read: “We are really happy to say that Marianne has been discharged from hospital today, 22 days after being admitted suffering from the symptoms of COVID-19. She will continue to recuperate in London.”
It went on to add: “Marianne thanks you all for your kind messages of concern which have meant a great deal through what is a such a difficult time for so many. She is also very grateful to all the NHS staff who cared for her at the hospital and, without doubt, saved her life.”
Faithfull is no stranger to surviving against the odds having been diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent successful surgery. In 2007, she announced she had hepatitis C, diagnosed 12 years previously. The singer also has arthritis and has had other joint issues, including a hip injury that became infected after surgery, forcing her to cancel a 2015 tour.
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 23rd, more than 2,648,317 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 184,614 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.
There has been an array of people celebrating Faithfull‘s discharge from hospital ranging from Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.