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West Wing star Richard Schiff rushed to hospital with coronavirus

Richard Schiff is battling coronavirus in hospital (Picture: Getty Images)

West Wing actor Richard Schiff has revealed he is receiving hospital treatment after testing positive for coronavirus. 

The 65-year-old, who is best known for playing White House communications director Toby Ziegler in the political drama, and his wife Sheila Kelley tested positive for Covid-19 on the day of the US election. 

In an update on Monday, Richard announced he was now in hospital. 

‘Covid update. Thank you all for so much love and support. You’re making it so much easier for

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@thesheilakelley and me,’ he began. 

The actor continued: ‘I am in the hospital on Remdesivir, O2 and steroids showing some improvement every day. Sheila is home and doing better but still fairly ill. Love you all.’ 

Comedian David Baddiel passed on his well wishes tweeting: ‘The great @Richard_Schiff – see our intersection below – has COVID in hospital. He tells me it’s been s**t but the doctors have wrestled the bastard down. I’m going to wish him well whatever, because he’s an amazing person and wishing is all I can do.’ 

Richard replied: ‘Thank you my friend.’ 

The TV star also joked to another follower that he should watch Mrs Doubtfire to ‘pick me up’. 

Sheila, 59, also updated her concerned fans and revealed: ‘Thank you all of you for the prayers and love. We feel them. He’s doing better. Getting stronger. 

‘My son and I are still riding this strange covid coaster up and then down and all around.’ 

Richard Schiff and Sheila Kelley on red carpet

Richard’s wife Sheila also tested positive for Covid-19 (Picture: WireImage)

Highlighting the seriousness of the virus, Sheila admitted: ‘I have never experienced anything like this before in my life. One minute I’m feeling pretty good and the next I’m struggling to breathe.

‘What I do know is if you get this virus the relationship between you and your body is everything.’ 

Richard shared his positive diagnosis last week and tweeted: ‘On Election Day I tested positive for Covid-19. This has been the most bizarre week of our lives. @thesheilakelley is also positive. 

‘This is tough. We are determined to find a way to health again. We root for everyone out there who are struggling with this thing. Love from here.’ 

Coincidentally, both Richard and Sheila star in The Good Doctor, which tackled the coronavirus pandemic in its two part season four premiere last month.

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