Slayer and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has revealed that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
Holt had taken to social media previously to announce that he was going for a coronavirus test on March 20 after he felt “mildly sick” on March 18. Some 11 days after taking the test, Holt shared his results following receiving them with his followers in a now-deleted Instagram post and he also notes that his wife Lisa, who also took the test received a negative result.
According to Blabbermouth, in the post, he wrote: “So I finally received my test results back and positive it was. Lisa’s came back negative, and it’s been long enough since my symptoms that I am officially in the clear to do the only things I’m allowed, like buy my own groceries.
“I feel great, made it through the tougher moments, and my health feels 100 per cent normal. Thanks to everyone who had wished us well. Now it’s time to start working on some new Exodus riffs while I’m still basically stuck in my house.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 1st, more than 860,184 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 42,345 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.