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The first case of the new coronavirus on the US territory has been confirmed, the Centers for Disease Control said.

According to the CDC, the virus, which originated in China, had been diagnosed in a traveler who arrived in Seattle from China.

The new virus, which spread from the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected almost 300 people, and six have died.

The virus, known also as 2019-nCoV, is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans.

According to a tour operator, North Korea has temporarily closed its borders to foreign tourists in response to the threat.

The patient diagnosed in the US returned from Wuhan on January 15, the CDC said.

It added in a statement: “The patient sought care at a medical facility in the state of Washington, where the patient was treated for the illness.

“Based on the patient’s travel history and symptoms, healthcare professionals suspected this new coronavirus.”

Laboratory testing of a clinical specimen confirmed the diagnosis on January 20, the CDC statement continued.

The announcement that North Korea was barring entry to foreign tourists came from Young Pioneer Tours, which is based in China and specializes in travel to North Korea.

Young Pioneer Tours said in a statement that North Korea was implementing a temporary ban as a precaution.

It said: “Further details are yet to be confirmed by our travel partners in North Korea and we will continue to make all future announcements on our website.”

Another tour group that travels to North Korea, Koryo Tours, also tweeted about “possible limits to tourist entry”.

Some experts have previously warned that international sanctions on North Korea had hit the country’s healthcare system, by restricting the delivery of aid and medical equipment.

On January 20, Chinese officials confirmed for the first time that the virus could pass from person to person.

At the same time Chinese state media said six people had died from the infection, which causes a type of pneumonia.

A total of 291 cases have now been reported across major cities in China, including Beijing and Shanghai. However, most are in Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people at the heart of the outbreak.

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The disease was first identified there late last year, and the outbreak is believed to be linked to a seafood market that also sells live animals.

Aside from the US, two cases have been identified in Thailand, one in Japan, one in South Korea and one in Taiwan. All those infected had recently returned from Wuhan.

Authorities in several countries, including Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan have stepped up screening of air passengers from Wuhan.

Last week, US authorities announced similar measures at airports in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

In Australia, a man who had travelled to Wuhan has been placed in isolation and is undergoing tests. China is the largest source of tourists to Australia, with more than a million Chinese citizens visiting last year.

However, the measures being put in place by North Korea are the strictest so far.

A report by the Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College, London, suggested there could be more than 1,700 infections.

However, Gabriel Leung, the dean of medicine at the University of Hong Kong, put the figure closer to 1,300.

According to new reports, Hillary Clinton kept her pneumonia diagnosis from most of her staff, choosing to tell only family and close aides.

The Democratic presidential candidate was reportedly concerned that news of the illness would be exploited by her opponents.

Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with walking pneumonia on September 9 and advised to rest, but continued campaigning.

The candidate’s team was forced to go public with the diagnosis on September 11 when she left a 9/11 memorial early, appearing weak.

Speaking to CNN on September 12, Hillary Clinton said she was feeling “so much better”.Hillary-Clinton

Hillary Clinton also told the broadcaster that she had not disclosed her pneumonia diagnosis, saying: “I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.”

She said she had ignored a doctor’s “wise” advice to rest for five days. Hillary Clinton said she hoped to be back on the trail in “the next couple of days”.

She acknowledged she had lost her balance during 9/11 memorial, but said she did not faint.

Hillary Clinton said: “I felt dizzy and I did lose my balance for a minute, but once I got in [the van], once I could sit down, once I could cool off, once I had some water, I immediately started feeling better.”

Some critics questioned why this had only been revealed after 9/11 memorial incident and Hillary Clinton’s communications director conceded the incident had been poorly managed.

Hillary Clinton will be releasing new medical records to help ease concerns about her health, a campaign spokesman said.

Don Fowler, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), urged the party on September 12 to immediately come up with a process to choose a potential successor for Hillary Clinton, in case she is forced to retire with ill health.

He said he expected Hillary Clinton to fully recover but said taking precautions was necessary.

It capped a difficult weekend for Hillary Clinton, who came under attack from rival Republican Donald Trump for calling half of his supporters “deplorable” people on September 9.

On September 12, Donald Trump wished Hillary Clinton a speedy recovery. He also pledged to release the results of a medical examination he took over the past week.

Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested Hillary Clinton is unfit, telling supporters last month she “lacks the mental and physical stamina” to serve as president.


Merle Haggard has died of pneumonia on his 79th birthday, his manager confirmed.

The singer is credited with helping to define the “Bakersfield sound”, country music with a distinctive twang and lack of sophisticated production.

Merle Haggard wrote songs, sang and played fiddle and guitar, usually singing about American pride and outlaws.

The country music legend was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame with dozens of albums and top hits.

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Merle Haggard, who battled lung cancer in 2008, had recently cancelled April tour dates due to illness and said he hoped to be back on the road in May.

Rolling Stone magazine has described him as “the backbone of one of the greatest repertoires an all of American music, plain-spoken songs populated by the kinds of working people Merle Haggard grew up with: farmers, hobos, convicts, widows, musicians and drunks”.

Merle Haggard’s top hits include Mama Tried, The Fugitive, If We Make It Through December and Okie From Muskogee.

He was born in California in 1937, living in a converted boxcar with his family and quitting school at a young age to hop freight trains across the south western part of the US.

Merle Haggard spent three years in prison for breaking into a cafe while drunk, Rolling Stone notes. Then-governor of California, Ronald Reagan, expunged his criminal record in 1972.

Musicians gave their tributes to Merle Haggard on Twitter shortly following the news of his death.


Actor Wayne Rogers, who was best known for playing surgeon “Trapper” John McIntyre in the TV series MASH, has died at the age of 82.

Wayne Rogers, who also had a recurring role in the 1990s series Murder, She Wrote, died of complications from pneumonia.

He became a household name after playing Trapper, despite only staying with the show for the first three of 11 seasons of the 1970’s cult series.

Wayne Rogers continued to act, and was latterly hailed for his talent as an investor.

Born in Alabama, Wayne Rogers was a Princeton graduate and Navy veteran before finding fame as an actor.

His early career saw him appear in numerous TV westerns, as well as small roles in the movies such as Cool Hand Luke and The Glory Guys.

It was his on-screen partnership in MASH with fellow surgeon Hawkeye Pierce, played by Alan Alda, which propelled him into the limelight, as one half of one of TV’s most beloved duos.Wayne Rogers dead at 82

MASH was set in a fictional mobile army hospital during the 1950-53 Korean War. It was based on Robert Altman’s 1970 film of the same name, which saw Elliot Gould play Trapper opposite Donald Sutherland’s cynical Hawkeye.

Wayne Rogers had initially intended to audition for the role of Hawkeye, but ultimately opted to play the sunnier Trapper. The mischievous surgeons began the show as equals, but after a couple of seasons Wayne Rogers became unhappy as the scripts began to champion Alan Alda’s character over his own.

He left the show, in 1975, after just three years, following a contractual dispute.

Wayne Rogers said the producers wanted to impose one that included, among other things, “an old-fashioned morals clause”.

In a 2012 radio interview, Wayne Rogers said: “It said that, in the eyes of the studio, if you behaved in an immoral fashion, they have the right to suspend you. Well, nobody defined an <<immoral fashion>>, as it were – so it was at the whim of whoever ran the studio.”

MASH went on to run for a further 8 seasons, until 1983, with Mike Farrell replacing Wayne Rogers as Hawkeye’s new cohort, Captain BJ Hunnicut.

Wayne Rogers later said that he had realized MASH would last so long, he might have “kept my mouth shut and stayed put”.

He continued to act for another 30 years, earning a Golden Globe nomination for his role as another surgeon, Dr. Charley Michaels, in TV comedy House Calls in 1981.

The actor also became known for his financial acumen after considerable success in property investment. He wrote the self-help book Make Your Own Rules and served as a regular panelist on Fox TV’s Cashin’ In.

Wayne Rogers was awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2005.


James Best, who was best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on TV show Dukes of Hazzard, has died aged 88.

James Best died in a hospice in Hickory, North Carolina, after a brief illness due to complications from pneumonia, his wife Dorothy said.

Dukes of Hazzard ran on CBS from 1979 to 1985.

James Best was a prolific actor and starred in dozens of films and TV shows alongside the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Jimmy Stewart.

But it was his portrayal of Sheriff Coltrane – who was forever outwitted by Luke and Bo Duke – which made him a national figure.

Beginning his on screen career in 1950, James Best secured a contract at Universal Studios and played a string of villains in westerns before moving to television.

Off screen, James Best taught drama at the University of Mississippi and University of Central Florida.

He also taught an acting class in Hollywood, working with celebrities including Gary Busey, Clint Eastwood, Farrah Fawcett and Quentin Tarantino.

In 2011, James Best sued Time Warner for using his image on Dukes of Hazzard merchandise, saying he did not receive all the royalties he was entitledJames Best dead at 88.

The case was settled out of court in 2013, the day before it was due to go to trial.

James Best was last seen on screen in 2013 TV movie The Sweeter Side of Life and had been due to start work on a film called Old Soldiers, about World War Two veterans.

James Best is survived by his wife Dorothy, a son and two daughters.

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is suffering from pneumonia and has been breathing with the aid of a tube, Saudi officials have said.

The King, who is said to be aged about 90, was admitted to hospital on December 31 for medical checks.

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who came to the throne in 2005, has suffered frequent bouts of ill health in recent years.King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia hospitalized

His age and condition has led to increasing focus on the issue of the Saudi royal succession.

Crown Prince Salman, who is in his late 70s, is next in line to succeed the king, though questions remain over who will follow.

The crown has passed between the sons of Saudi Arabia’s founding father Ibn Saud, but few are still alive.

Last year, King Abdullah took the unprecedented step of appointing a deputy crown prince, his younger half-brother Prince Muqrin, to try to ensure a smooth succession.

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Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.

The 72-year-old former three-time heavyweight champion boxer, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, is in a stable condition, Bob Gunnell told media.

“The prognosis is good,” Bob Gunnell added, saying Muhammad Ali’s stay in hospital was likely to be brief.

He gave no other details and asked that the privacy of Muhammad Ali’s family be respected.Muhammad Ali pneumonia

Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1984, three years after his retirement from boxing.

The boxing legend appeared in public at a ceremony in September in his hometown of Louisville for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.

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Diana Krall has canceled her US fall tour to give herself time to recuperate from a severe case of pneumonia.

Diana Krall said in a statement released by her publicist she’s “deeply saddened” about the postponement, but is “under doctor’s orders to rest for the next few months in order to regain my strength and good health”.

Diana Krall has canceled her US fall tour to give herself time to recuperate from a severe case of pneumonia

Diana Krall has canceled her US fall tour to give herself time to recuperate from a severe case of pneumonia

The tour was scheduled to kick off November 7 in Phoenix, and new tour dates will be announced later.

Diana Krall also is putting off the release of her new album, Wallflower, from October 21 to February 3.


Bob Hoskins, who was best known for roles in The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has died of pneumonia at the age of 71.

Bob Hoskins’ agent said the actor died on Tuesday in hospital, surrounded by family.

Bob Hoskins was best known for roles in The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Bob Hoskins was best known for roles in The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (photo PA)

The actor won a BAFTA and was Oscar-nominated in 1987 for crime drama Mona Lisa, in which he starred opposite Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane.

Bob Hoskins announced he was retiring from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from Pretoria hospital after treatment for pneumonia, the government has announced.

Nelson Mandela, 94, was admitted on March 27 for a recurring infection of the lungs and had fluid drained from them.

He served as South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999 and is regarded by many as the father of the nation.

Nelson Mandela led the struggle against apartheid (white minority rule) and in 1993 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nelson Mandela has been discharged from Pretoria hospital after treatment for pneumonia

Nelson Mandela has been discharged from Pretoria hospital after treatment for pneumonia

The South African presidency statement read: “Former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital today, 6 April, following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition.

“The former president will now receive home-based high care. President [Jacob] Zuma thanks the hard working medical team and hospital staff for looking after Madiba so efficiently.”

Madiba is Nelson Mandela’s clan name.

The statement continued: “[Jacob Zuma] also extended his gratitude to all South Africans and friends of the Republic in Africa and around the world for support.”

Nelson Mandela has returned to his home in the Houghton district of Johannesburg.

Nelson Mandela stepped down as president in 1999 and acted as a high-profile ambassador for the country until he retired from public life in 2004.

His latest stay in hospital was his fourth in two years.

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Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated for bronchitis in hospital in Houston, Texas, family and hospital officials have said.

George H.W. Bush, 88, has been in hospital for six days with a “lingering cough”, his spokesman Jim McGrath told CNN.

His condition is not considered life-threatening and the former president is expected to be discharged this weekend, reports say.

George H.W. Bush is the oldest living former president and a World War II veteran.

Former President George HW Bush is being treated for bronchitis in hospital in Houston

Former President George HW Bush is being treated for bronchitis in hospital in Houston

He was Ronald Reagan’s vice-president for two terms and president for one, serving in the White House from 1989 until 1993.

His chief of staff, Jean Becker, said President George H.W. Bush was admitted to Houston’s Methodist Hospital on Friday, after several visits in recent weeks, the Houston Chronicle newspaper reported.

His son, former President George W. Bush visited on Sunday with his wife, Laura.

Jean Becker added that there had been concerns George H.W. Bush’s condition might have developed into pneumonia and news of his treatment had not been made public “out of respect” for the former president.

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George Michael has cancelled the Australian leg of his tour due to “major anxiety” following his battle with pneumonia at the end of last year.

In a statement on his website, George Michael said the cancellation of nine concerts “breaks my heart”.

The singer confirmed he would still fulfill his UK dates in October but would then undergo treatment for his condition.

George Michael suffered from life-threatening pneumonia and spent a month in a Vienna hospital last winter.

The ex-Wham singer added in his statement: “I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience.

“They recommended complete rest and the type of post-traumatic counseling which is available in cases like mine but I’m afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself.”

He has already performed numerous dates across Europe over the last month.

George Michael added that despite enjoying his recent performances, “unfortunately, I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be”.

The nine cancelled concerts were due to take place in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley.

The Symphonica tour was resumed this autumn after it was pulled when he became ill in November last year, just hours before he was due to perform in Vienna.

George Michael had completed 46 of the original 65 dates when he contracted pneumonia.



George Michael has revealed he has a five-week gap in his memory from when he was battling pneumonia late last year.

During an interview with BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans, George said that it was “touch and go” whether he would survive his time in hospital.

George Michael, 48, said he had to learn to walk after the illness, which left him fighting for his life, as his muscles had wasted away.

The star added: “It’s like I just dodged a bullet.”

George Michael was forced to cancel a string of shows while he was treated in the Austrian capital Vienna, where he said medics “downplayed” his condition to avoid a “death watch kind of thing”.

The true extent of his illness did not become public until after his release from hospital.

George Michael has revealed he has a five-week gap in his memory from when he was battling pneumonia late last year

George Michael has revealed he has a five-week gap in his memory from when he was battling pneumonia late last year

George Michael admitted the severity of his condition could have been avoided if he had followed advice to get checked out, when a temperature forced him to pull out of a show at the Royal Albert Hall a few weeks earlier.

“I took it for granted that I’d just fought off flu,” the former Wham star told Evans.

“I went and played for another three weeks in Europe. And then one afternoon I was having lunch and suddenly felt really odd and said to everyone that I had to go and lay down for half an hour on my own,” he added.

“And that’s the last thing I remember for five weeks. It was three weeks of them trying to save my life and two weeks awake.”

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George Michael told Chris Evans in an interview for his breakfast show that he was “very close” to death on several occasions, and still found it upsetting to talk about.

“When something like that happens in such a random fashion, I think it takes a while to think that life is safe again.”

He continued: “I literally had to learn to walk again and weird stuff, because when they keep you sedated for that long your muscles literally atrophy at an incredible rate. And I just woke up like this feeble old man.”

In March this year George Michael announced rescheduled dates for The Symphonica tour, starting on 4 September with a newly-added date in Vienna.

He said he would donate 1,000 tickets to the medical staff in the city who had looked after him.

George Michael also confirmed to Chris Evans that he is scheduled to perform at the Olympics closing ceremony in August.

“That’s the plan yes,” he said.

“I’ll be playing a couple of songs to kick off the concert at the end.”



Robin Gibb apparently showed signs that he might pull through his coma Thursday night.

Robin Gibb, 62, who fell into unconsciousness last week reportedly responded to his elder brother Barry’s voice.

Barry Gibb, 65, sang to Robin by his bedside and a source close to the family said this prompted “flickers of life”.

Speaking to The Sun, the source said: “There were flickers of life from Robin. His eyes moved and there was an attempt at speech.

“It was a good sign he is fighting hard for his life but he is certainly not out of the woods yet.”

“The family have to remain very cautious,” the source added.

Barry Gibb sang to Robin by his bedside and a source close to the family said this prompted “flickers of life”

Barry Gibb sang to Robin by his bedside and a source close to the family said this prompted “flickers of life”

Barry Gibb jetted into the UK from Tennessee to join other members of the family, following Robin’s re-admission to hospital.

Robin Gibb is now battling pneumonia, following months of health troubles, after being diagnosed with colon cancer after surgery for a blocked bowel in 2010.

In a recent interview, Robin Gibb’s wife Dwina said: “Barry was singing to him. Thousands of people are saying prayers every day.”

Last week, Dwina Gibb was spotted leaving the private hospital in Chelsea where her husband is fighting for his life.

Dwin Gibb’s been saying prayers at his bedside since he was admitted to hospital but she was pictured showing the strain of the past few days.

As she took a break from her vigil, the pained expression on her face spoke volumes.



Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is still in coma after suffering from pneumonia, his official website confirms.

Robin Gibb, 62, has been recovering from cancer in recent months, but was too ill to attend a performance of his new work a few days ago.

“We are all hoping and praying that he will pull through,” his website said.

In February, Robin Gibb said he had been making a “spectacular” recovery from cancer but he was later readmitted to hospital for intestinal surgery.

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is still in coma after suffering from pneumonia

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is still in coma after suffering from pneumonia

The message on his homepage added: “Because of this situation, Robin’s website is temporarily unavailable. Sorry for any inconvenience.”

Robin Gibb’s family have been keeping vigil at his bedside at a hospital in Chelsea, west London, the Press Association reports.

The British-born singer had surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition, but a tumor was discovered and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and later of the liver.

It had been thought his cancer was in remission as early as last month.

On 11 April, Robin Gibb did not attend the London premiere of his first classical work because of the pneumonia, his son said at the time.

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A new study has found that zinc supplements can triple the survival chances of young children with pneumonia who are deficient in the mineral.

Taking zinc had a dramatic effect on death rates – even though it did not shorten the time severely ill children took to recover.

The metal is found in shellfish, meat, egg yolks and seeds and supports a wide range of functions in the body and is vital to the immune system.

However, many people are deficient in the mineral, both in rich and poor countries.

The new research, involving young children aged six months to five years, was conducted in Uganda where zinc deficiency is rife.

Scientists studied 352 children with severe pneumonia who were all being treated with antibiotics.

Half the children were given additional therapy in the form of 10 milligram or 20 milligram zinc supplements, depending on age.

The researchers found no difference between the two groups in the time it took to recover from infection.

But the risk of dying was very different. Just 4% of children taking zinc died compared with 12% of those not taking zinc.

For children infected with the AIDS virus, HIV, the supplements had a really dramatic impact. In this group, an extra 26 out of every 100 children had their lives saved by zinc.

A new study has found that zinc supplements can triple the survival chances of young children with pneumonia who are deficient in the mineral

A new study has found that zinc supplements can triple the survival chances of young children with pneumonia who are deficient in the mineral

Study leader Professor James Tumwine, from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, said: “Zinc is known to bolster the immune system and zinc deficiency is rife all over the developed, and developing, world.

“In Uganda, where this study was performed, zinc deficiency in some areas can be as high as 70%.

“We would only need to give 13 of these children with pneumonia zinc on top of their antibiotics to save one life. This equates to about $4 – a small price to pay.”

The findings are published in the online journal BMC Medicine.

The researchers pointed out that the HIV-infected children suffered a double disadvantage. Their immune systems were compromised both by HIV infection and zinc deficiency.

Taking zinc supplements was thought to give a big boost to the immune systems. Yet the scientists were unable to explain why the mineral failed to speed up recovery time.

The researchers wrote: “What is clear is that we have unearthed a very interesting, yet contradictory phenomenon, that seems to be related to HIV infection and severe zinc deficiency. It calls for further studies on the interaction among HIV, zinc and severe pneumonia.”


Pop star George Michael has been released from the Austrian hospital and is flying back to England today after almost five weeks.

George Michael, 48, has been receiving treatment for pneumonia at the AKH clinic in Vienna, Austria, for weeks. But after making a recovery from the illness he was discharged from the medical centre at 08:00 a.m. and was taken straight to the airport so he can be at home for Christmas.

AKH staff member told Austrian newspaper Osterreich: “He’s feeling a lot better. He’s doing so well, he’s able to fly again.”

Yesterday George Michael’s doctors revealed he was feeling much better and had responded well to treatment.

Christoph Zielinski – one of his doctors – said: “We know he’s doing fine and we are generally optimistic.”

Last week, George Michael’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz tweeted the pop superstar would be flying back to England for Christmas.

Fadi Fawaz said: “Christmas at home. I cannot stop smiling today, the best day ever. He is getting better and better. Nothing to worry about, happy days.”

The tweet has since been removed.

Pop star George Michael has been released from the Austrian hospital and is flying back to England today after almost five weeks

Pop star George Michael has been released from the Austrian hospital and is flying back to England today after almost five weeks

George Michael had to cancel all the remaining shows on his “Symphonica Tour” when he fell ill in November.

In late November, a statement released by George Michael’s doctors revealed that the singer was “improving steadily”.

They made clear that the pop star will need a period of “complete rest” to recover from the illness but emphasized he had no further underlying health problems.

In a statement, Professors Gottfried Locker and Christoph Zielinski said: “The latest development in Mr. Michael’s case, which has evolved from a severe pneumococcal infection, necessitated intensive care due to its severity and extension.

“We are happy to announce that Mr. Michael is improving steadily with an impressive regression of pneumonic symptoms and follows a steady rate of improvement as hoped.

“There are no other health issues with regards to the patient other than the underlying pneumonic disorder, and no further measures had to be taken.”

They continued: “Mr. Michael is receiving precisely the same treatment as any ordinary patient in Austria would receive at the hospital for this disease.”

Doctors said “complete rest and peace and quiet are mandatory for his recovery”.

George Michael’s official website has urged fans to send well wishes to him via his Facebook page.

It also announced the re-release of George Michael’s festive single December Song (I Dream of Christmas).

George Michael, who is in AKH hospital in Vienna suffering from severe pneumonia, has been joined by his 75-year-old father Kyriacos Panayiotou – known as Jack Panos – as well as older sisters Melanie, 49 and Yioda, 53.

George Michael’s former boyfriend, art dealer Kenny Goss, 53, is also due to join the group.

His current boyfriend, hair stylist Fadi Fawaz has been with the star throughout his ordeal.

George Michael, who is in AKH hospital in Vienna suffering from severe pneumonia, has been joined by his family

George Michael, who is in AKH hospital in Vienna suffering from severe pneumonia, has been joined by his family

Kenny Goss, who split from Michael in 2009, will jet to Vienna from the US, where he has galleries in both Dallas and New York.

A friend said: “Kenny of course is very concerned. Kenny has been very supportive throughout this.

“He is planning to come. He’s been in touch every single day. They are very close still. Kenny and George will always be the best of friends.”

The AKH is Europe’s largest hospital with 1,600 doctors, including world experts in pneumonia treatment. Experts say that pneumonia is especially difficult to treat because it is hard to diagnose, meaning that immediate specialist care is often vital in severe cases such as George Michael’s.

Specialists at AKH decided to bring in the futuristic Triadyne Proventa bed – which helps breathing pneumonia patients in a critical condition – which is believed to have saved the George Michael’s life.

According to his friends, George Michael, 48, was fortunate to be taken ill in Vienna, where he was able to be admitted to a hospital which is renowned for its “pioneering, amazing” work with regards to the potentially fatal illness.

Australian-born Fadi Fawaz, 38, appeared tired and drawn as he left the hospital where George Mchael is battling severe pneumonia during the weekend.

Fadi Fawaz anxiously fiddled with his mobile telephone after visiting Vienna’s AKH Hospital where he has kept a vigil by George Michael’s bedside for a week.

Fadi Fawaz was accompanied by two women, believed to by George Michael’s sisters, one of whom held her head in her hands in the hospital lobby as she waited for the car to collect them.

George Michael’s fans from across Europe have also visited the hospital in the Austrian capital to wish him well.

George Michael was rushed to hospital last week after he fell ill just hours before he was due on stage in the city.

As a result, on Friday, the rest of his Symphonica tour, which was due to go on until Christmas, was called off.

There were also claims George Michael had been in a coma and that he is also suffering from heart problems, though, have been dismissed by aides.

On Friday, a statement was issued revealing George Michael’s condition is ‘severe community acquired pneumonia.’

Prof. Dr. Christoph Zielinski, Chairman, Department of Medicine General Hospital – Medical University Vienna, Austria and Prof. Dr. Thomas Staudinger, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine said then: “George Michael has severe community acquired pneumonia and is being treated as an inpatient.

“His condition has stabilized and he is responding to treatment. From the current point of view, the time until recovery cannot be estimated, but he will not be able to perform the rest of the tour. Besides medical treatment, complete rest and peace and quiet are mandatory.”

Karin Fehringer, spokeswoman for the AKH hospital yesterday declined to comment on George Michael’s condition, but said: “We are Europe’s largest hospital and we have advanced specialist care for pneumonia treatment.”