Tom Moore, the 100-year-old former British Army Officer who raised $40 Million for Britain’s National Health Service by Walking 100 Laps of a patio next to his garden, is set to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth second, an honor that completed his transformation from media sensation into a national hero.
He was recommended for knighthood by Prime minister Boris Johnson and the government will announce the honor on Wednesday.
“Colonel Tom’s fantastic fund-raising broke records, inspired the whole country, and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus, ” Mr. Johnson said in a statement. ” on behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you, “
Mr. Moore’s campaign, which he began a few weeks before his 100th birthday, caught fire after it was posted on an online charity service. it becomes a hugely popular good-news story in a country especially hard-hit by the pandemic.
Mr. Moore, who served as a captain During the Burma campaign in the world war second, has already received several awards for his achievements, including being named an honorary colonel of the army Foundation college.
He said in an earlier interview that he wanted to recognize those on the front line, ” just as we were backed up” during World war second.
MOST CASES IN ISRAEL ARE LINKED GENETICALLY TO THE UNITED STATE, A NEW CASES FOUND
People arriving from the United States played a significant role in spreading Covid-19, a nationwide genomic study of Israeli cases had found.
The analysis, led by biologists at Gel Aviv University, sequenced the genome of virus samples from a randomly chosen, representative group of more than 200 patients at six hospitals across the country and then compared those to samples sequence worldwide.
The findings, which have not yet been peer-reviewed, called into question the Israeli government’s decision to admit travelers from the United States until March 9, Though visitors from some European countries we’re barred as early as Feb. 26
While only 27 percent of all travelers who tested positive for the virus had arrived from the united states, more than 70 percent of virus samples sequenced had originated there
Had American travelers been barred just as fast, the researchers concluded, ” a substantial fraction of the transmission chains in Israel would have been prevented.
The study also found that so-called superspreaders in Israel have been unusually potent: While, with many viruses, 20 percent of patients are often responsible for 80 percent of cases, researchers said, the Israeli coronavirus data showed that only five percent of patients were responsible for spreading the disease to 80 percent of those ultimately infected.
Israel has reported 16,650 cases and 277 deaths linked to the coronavirus. The study also suggested that the country is nowhere near achieving hard immunity, said Dr. Adi stern, it’s the lead author. According to a statistical model, the researchers developed based on genetic sequencing, no more than I percent of the population has contracted the virus, she said.