Ringo Starr has announced that fellow Beatle Paul McCartney is getting better all the time and is almost ready to resume his Out There tour.

McCartney had to cancel shows in the US and Asia several weeks ago, after being hospitalised in Tokyo as a result of a severe viral infection.

The 72-year-old has since confirmed that he will resume his tour in July, and his now former Fab Four band mate Starr has said that McCartney is in good spirits.

"He's doing good," Starr told Access Hollywood. "I text him, and he texts me back.

He added: "And [Paul] was actually out the night before with [Barbara Bach], my wife, and Joe Walsh and [his wife] Marjorie . . . and [Paul 's wife] Nancy [Shevell]. They were all like, dinner out, so they all say he's doing good."

Starr also declared that McCartney is now "getting fit" and will soon be "ready to rock".

The Out There tour is set to resume on July 5 at the Times Union Centre in Albany, New York.