Reggae veteran recording artiste Toots Hibbert is now in intensive care after he developed breathing difficulties over the weekend.

Toots Hibbert’s manager, Cabel Stephenson confirmed the news on Monday and said the 77-year-old entertainer is now at a private hospital in Kingston, “He is in an intensive care unit at a private facility in the Corporate Area. Over the weekend, he complained that he wasn’t feeling well, and we were very proactive about it, we moved quickly, checked him into the hospital as his lung function had greatly diminished,” Cabel said.

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“He is now in good spirits and asks for your prayers and positive vibes as we keep faith that he recuperates quickly,” he.

Toots Hibbert did a COVID-19 test at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and is now awaiting the results. Members of the artiste’s inner circle have self-quarantined and taken COVID-19 tests as well as a few of them have begun to exhibit tell-tale symptoms of the disease.

Stephenson thanked the government, especially the Minister of Culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and Minister of Health Christopher Tufton for their assistance in expediting the tests for Hibbert and members of his management team.

“Babsy has been very instrumental in making sure that Toots was properly taken care of as she got in touch with the Ministry of Health at an early stage and ensured that things went smoothly. She has called night and day to check up on him, we thank her for her intervention,” she said.

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