Huw Edwards out of hospital after pneumonia battle

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: BBC newsreader Huw Edwards speaks at the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony in Westminster on January 27, 2020 in London, England. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Holocaust memorial day takes place annually on the 27th of January, remembering the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and honoring survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and subsequent genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BBC newsreader Huw Edwards has revealed he recently left hospital after overcoming pneumonia. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

BBC newsreader Huw Edwards has revealed he recently left hospital after overcoming pneumonia.

The 58-year-old tweeted to thank the NHS hospital he was treated in and to assure followers he will be back on air this week.

He also urged people to follow lockdown guidelines amid the current ongoing coronavirus crisis.

His tweet read: “Big thanks to @KingsCollegeNHS for superb care #pneumonia I'll be back at @BBCNews this week — keep safe everyone and follow the guidelines #StayHomeSaveLives.”

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It included a photo of Edwards looking healthy and holding a lager in a sunny garden.

Pneumonia is caused when bacterial infection leads to inflammation of tissue in the lungs, and symptoms include coughing, chest pain and difficulty breathing. It can be fatal.

Edwards received a host of tributes and well-wishes from his thousands of followers.

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Alistair Bruce of Sky News responded: “Huw, really good news that you have conquered this vile pestilence and our thanks to those that fought with you. #NHSheroes.”

Channel 4’s Marcus Edwards tweeted: “V pleased to hear you’re on the mend. Take it steady!”

Presenter and newsreader Huw Edwards arrives for his guest appearance at Sandringham Women's Institute (WI) meeting at West Newton Village Hall, Norfolk, which is also due to be attended by Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Presenter and newsreader Huw Edwards. (Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)

His fellow Welsh native Liz Saville Roberts MP wrote: “Balch iawn, iawn dy fod yn well,” which, according to Google Translate. means: Very proud, well you are better.

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Author Kate Williams wrote: “Oh no, you had this, so sorry and very glad to hear you’re feeling better!”

Edwards joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1984 and has been the main presenter on BBC1’s Ten O’Clock News since 2003.

In 2019 he was at the helm of through-the-night BBC coverage of the general election for the first time, succeeding long-serving election host David Dimbleby.

He lives in London with BBC producer wife Vicky and their five children.

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