Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo tests positive for coronavirus
23 March 2020, 11:30 | Updated: 23 March 2020, 11:55
The Spanish tenor and baritone, 79, said in a Facebook post on Sunday that he felt it his “moral duty” to reveal he has tested positive for COVID-19.
The 79-year-old said in a Facebook post on Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID19 and felt that it was his “moral duty to announce” the results.
Domingo, who has recently been surrounded in controversy following revelations of sexual harassment and subsequent investigations finding the allegations to be true, has said that he is in self-isolation with his family, and that their health is good.
He added that he has “experienced fever and cough symptoms”, hence getting tested.
I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for COVID19, the Corona virus. My Family and I...Posted by Placido Domingo on Sunday, 22 March 2020
In his post, Domingo “begs” people to be careful and follow medical advice around washing your hands, keeping your distance from other people, and not staying at home where possible.
“I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for COVID19, the coronavirus,” Domingo writes in the post. “My family and I are all in self isolation for as long as it is deemed medically necessary. Currently we are all in good health but I experienced fever and cough symptoms therefore deciding to get tested and the result came back positive.
“I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a six-feet distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!
“Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon. Please follow your local government’s guidelines and regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves but our entire community.”
The day before his coronavirus announcement, it was announced that Domingo had resigned from the union that represents opera singers in the USA, American Guild of Musical Artists, and donated $500,000 to programmes that work to eradicate sexual harassment as well as a fund for opera employees in crisis.