Labour MP Jo Stevens taken to hospital with coronavirus after falling ill

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Labour MP Jo Stevens has been taken to hospital after being struck down with the Covid-19 virus.

The 54-year-old politician – who serves as shadow culture secretary – was hospitalised on Saturday.

An update was issued from Ms Stevens' Twitter account revealing she had been taken to hospital for treatement after being diagnosed with Covid-19 at the end of last year.

The message read: "From #TeamJoStevens – Jo has asked us to let you know that she is being treated in hospital for Covid.

"Thanks for all your good wishes. We will give an update when we can."

Labour leader, Sir Kier Starmer, was among those to issue well wishes to the politician.

He tweeted: "Get well soon Jo, a dear friend and colleague."

While fellow Labour MP, Wayne David tweeted: "Thinking of you Jo. Get better soon."

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Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi also wished Ms Stevens well, tweeting: "Wishing you a speedy recovery Jo."

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said: "All of our thoughts and best wishes are with Jo for a speedy recovery.

"Thank you to Jo's constituency team for continuing to support Cardiff Central constituents at this difficult time."

Ms Stevens hails from Wales and has served as an MP since 2015.

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She represents Cardiff Central – and was revealed to be diagnosed with Covid at the end of December.

A tweet posted on December 31 stated: "Jo has been laid low with Covid for a while, so on behalf of us and Jo, Happy New Year to everyone across #CardiffCentral.

"Here's to a healthier and better 2021. Tonight we'll be thinking of all those who have lost loved ones to this awful virus."

Ms Stevens' hospitalisation comes on the same day that the UK recorded the biggest number of positive Covid-19 test results since the beginning of the pandemic.

A further 57,725 new cases had been detected on Saturday – with 445 to a total of 74,570 deaths.

The bleak statistics come as the UK commences distributing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine which is being described as a 'game changer" in the approach to battling the disease.

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