The former Top Gear is no stranger to ill health and had previously said: “A doctor has just told me the pain in my neck is being caused by a blocked saliva duct and that to cure it, I must drink no alcohol of any kind. Spiffing.”
He also wrote in his Sunday Times column and said: “Four days before Christmas, I woke in the night to find my sheets were soggy. And that I had a constant dry cough.”
After his test came back positive, he said: “The doctor was very clear – I’d feel under the weather for between five and 14 days and then I’d either get better or I’d have to go to hospital.
“Because I am 60 and fat, and because I’ve smoked half a million cigarettes and had double pneumonia, I’d probably die, on my own, in a lonely plastic tent.”