Rome city mayor, Walter Veltroni, has been admitted to hospital, just five days before the council elections on 28 and 29 May. Veltroni has been unwell for some time but had hoped that he would reach the end of the election campaign before needing time off for treatment for a kidney stone. It was not to be and on 24 May he was at the Policlinico Gemelli with pain and a high temperature. Doctors have ordered total rest and have removed his telephone. All of the campaign plans for the next two days will go ahead.