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Brandon Hoover, the guitarist of Crown the Empire, tests positive for coronavirus

Brandon Hoover, the guitarist of Crown the Empire, has revealed that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

Hoover, a founding member of the metalcore band in 2010, has explained that he is starting to feel better but remains in self-isolation. “Welp…I tested positive for the Coronavirus. I’ve been told to self-quarantine for 14 days (or until further notice),” he said in a statement posted on social media.

“I believe I contracted it through travelling to all these different countries over the past couple of months, but honestly who the fuck knows, it could have happened anywhere. About a week ago I started getting a sore throat, congestion and was more tired than usual. Then all of a sudden I had severe body aches and a fever of 102 degrees. I was in bed for a couple of days sleeping in puddles of my own sweat.

“Honestly, I thought I just had the flu! So I went to the emergency room and got tested for that as well as the Coronavirus and got my results back last night confirming that I have it. Currently, I feel back to normal and most of the symptoms have passed. If anything changes I’ll let y’all know. I advise everyone to keep yourselves informed, stay isolated, drink lots of water and wash your hands! I love you all. Please stay safe out there.”

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of 16 March, more than 173,000 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 6,600 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 150 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.