MP Jo Stevens Leaves Hospital After Recovering From CCP Virus

MP Jo Stevens Leaves Hospital After Recovering From CCP Virus
Jo Stevens smiles after winning Cardiff Central for Labour, at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff, Wales, on June 9, 2017. (Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
Alexander Zhang

British MP Jo Stevens, who was admitted to hospital after contracting the CCP virus, said on Wednesday she had returned home.

Stevens, 54, who represents Cardiff Central, a constituency in Wales, serves as the main opposition Labour Party’s shadow culture secretary.

On Christmas Eve, her Twitter account said she had been “laid low with COVID for a while.” Her team said on Jan. 2 that she was being treated in hospital for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

On Wednesday night, Stevens said on Twitter she was back home from hospital.

“Thank you to everyone who has sent good wishes. This has meant such a lot. I cannot begin to describe my gratitude to the wonderful people who have cared for me in hospital. They are truly exceptional,” she wrote.

“I feel so fortunate to be back home knowing that for so many families, it has been a very different situation.”

Labour leader Keir Starmer welcomed the news.

“So pleased that our dear friend & colleague @JoStevensLabour is out of hospital & back home. Thanks #NHS & speedy full recovery, Jo,” he wrote on Twitter.

Stevens is the fourth member of the House of Commons known to have received hospital treatment for the CCP virus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to St Thomas’s Hospital in central London on April 5 and spent three days in intensive care.
Labour MP Tony Lloyd spent 25 days in Manchester Royal Infirmary in April, including 10 days in an induced coma on a ventilator.
Another Labour MP, Yasmin Qureshi, spent six days in hospital in October, where she was treated for pneumonia after testing positive for the CCP virus.

The whole of the UK is currently under lockdown to curb the spread of a new CCP virus variant, which the government said has a 50 to 70 percent faster rate of transmission.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that on average one in 50 people have the CCP virus in England, with around one in 30 for London, where infections have been rising fastest.

So far, 1.3 million people in the UK have been vaccinated against the virus, according to the government.