Veteran Spanish opera singer, Placido Domingo, has announced that he has contracted coronavirus.
The 79-year-old, who is currently in Mexico shared the news in a post on Facebook and urged others to be ‘extremely careful’ and follow the basic guidelines of hand washing and social distancing to stop the spread of the disease.
He also disclosed that he and his family are in self-isolation and that he is feeling well despite having fever and a cough.
He wrote: “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 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 6 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, Plácido Domingo.”
Last year, multiple women accused Domingo of harassment and abusing his power while he held management positions at Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera.
After denying any wrongdoing, Domingo later issued an apology when the American Guild of Musical Artists and LA Opera found the sexual harassment allegations against him to be credible.
Spain is the third hardest-hit country after China and Italy with 28,572 infections and 1,720 deaths in the virus outbreak.