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1960s icon Marianne Faithfull has been hospitalised with coronavirus


Marianne Faithfull, one of the icons of the swinging sixties, has been hospitalised after contracting coronavirus. The singer is said to be responding well to treatment.

Penny Arcade, one of Faithfull’s friends told Rolling Stone that the singer had been self-isolating following a cold and checked herself into hospital last week.

It was there that the singer was then tested for COVID-19, providing a positive sample and subsequently contracted pneumonia. The 73 year old has struggled with her health in the past but is said to be “stable.”

Faithfull may well be remembered for her position in the set of swinging sixties London but the singer has steadily released music throughout her long career.

The singer’s most recent album Negative Capability is some of her best work and hinted that more was yet to come from Faithfull.

We wish Marianne a very speedy recovery.

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 5th, more than 1,203,428 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 64,754 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.