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Duran Duran's John Taylor tests positive for coronavirus


Duran Duran bassist John Taylor has revealed that he recently tested positive for coronavirus.

The 59-year-old bassist took to the band’s Twitter account to reveal the diagnosis, saying: “Perhaps I am a particularly robust 59-year-old—I like to think I am—or was blessed with getting only a mild case of COVID 19 but after a week or so of what I would describe as a ‘Turbo-charged Flu’, I came out of it feeling okay although I must admit I didn’t mind the quarantine as it gave me the chance to really recover.”

Taylor then added: “I am speaking out in answer to the enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic, some of it entirely justified, and my heart goes out to everyone who has had to deal with real loss and pain. But I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing.”

He then finished his announcement with a message of hope and positivity, “Sending love to all my homies and fans, in Italy particularly, the UK and the US and everywhere in the world I have been lucky enough to visit on my travels with Duran Duran.”

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 6th, more than 1,276,732 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 69,529 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.