Jo Whiley misses radio show as sister taken to hospital with Covid-19

Jo Whiley missed her BBC Radio 2 show tonight as her sister was taken to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.

The 55-year-old radio DJ said she was feeling "very scared" as her sister Frances, 53, was hospitalised after contracting the virus.

Frances, who has a rare genetic syndrome called Cri du Chat, had been staying at a care home that suffered an outbreak of coronavirus last week.

Jo took to Twitter to tell her followers that she was pulling out of her evening show as she penned: "I can't do my @BBCRadio2 show this evening. My sister Frances is v poorly in hospital with Covid.

"I don't feel shiny or happy tonight, I feel very scared. However, I’ll be listening to @willyoung who I know will light up our kitchen in the depths of our darkness"

Earlier this week, Jo revealed she was frustrated as she was offered her coronavirus jab before her vulnerable sister.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the media personality said: "Oh my God, I can't tell you how frustrating it is and how horrendous it is.

"It is the stuff of nightmares at the moment. I feel like I am living through a nightmare.

"All weekend it has been awful — really, really difficult. It has been hard for my parents, it has been hard for everyone in the care home, and it continues.

"And then, ironically, I got a message to say I was due to have my vaccine before my sister who has got learning difficulties and underlying health conditions. Go figure."

Two days ago, Jo revealed that Frances had tested positive for coronavirus.

Posting a sweet photograph of her sister, Jo said: "Feel like I’m in a terrible film with bad plot twists.

"Late last night I got a call to say that Frances, my sister, had tested positive & has COVID.

"Our worst fears realised after keeping her safe for a year & with a vaccine so close… she's ok so far… Everything crossed".

Jo received plenty of support after tweeting about her sister's coronavirus battle.

ITV presenter Susanna Reid said: "Sending so much love and strength to Frances and to all of you".

While a fan wrote: "Sending you and your sister all the best wishes. Even during normal times you show was a beacon of happiness, during the pandemic it has been a godsend to me and I hope 1000s of other people."

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