Rev Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader and two-time presidential candidate, and his wife, Jacqueline, have been hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19, according to a statement Saturday.
Jesse Jackson, 79, is vaccinated against the virus and received his first dose in January. He and his wife, 77, are being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Civil Rights icon Jesse Jackson Sr. hospitalised after contracting COVID-19 Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA
“Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both,” according to the statement from Jesse Jackson’s nonprofit, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. “There are no further updates at this time,” the statement said. “We will provide updates as they become available.”
Jackson was key in guiding the modern civil rights movement on numerous issues, including voting rights.
at 8.46am BST
Hello and welcome to today’s global coronavirus coverage.
People in the UK will be able to receive Covid-19 antibody tests for the first time next week as part of a new government programme.
From Tuesday, anyone aged 18 or over in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, will be able to enrol to the programme when receiving a PCR test, Sky News reports. Up to 8,000 people will be able to take part in the scheme.
The results will be used to monitor antibody levels in coronavirus cases, with those who test positive sent two finger-prick antibody tests which measure their body’s response to different virus variants. The first should be taken immediately following a positive result, while the second should be 28 days later.
It will be the first time antibody tests have been offered to the general public, and comes amid discussions over the rollout of vaccine third doses in the UK. Some experts have said more time is needed to decided whether they are required.
I’ll be updating the blog for the next few hours – you can reach me on Twitter if you’d like to flag a story I’ve missed. Thanks in advance.