The chief of staff at the hospital where George Bush Snr is being treated has said that the former US president is likely to remain in hospital for "a while".
"He is 88 years old, he had a terrible case of bronchitis which then triggered a series of complications," Jean Becker wrote in a statement.
"Is he sick? Yes. Does he plan on going anywhere soon? No. He has every intention of staying put.
"He would ask me to tell you to please 'put the harps back in the closet,'" she added.
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Cloud and outbreaks of rain will ease away eastwards during the morning, clearing the east coast around midday with sunny spells developing.
Police and emergency services are attending the scene.
Rebel-held east remains at risk while the pumping station supplying the western part of the city is once again in operation.