Veteran opera singer Placido Domingo has tested positive for coronavirus, he announced via a Facebook post on his official page. The statement revealed that the 79-year-old Spanish singer and his family have all headed into self-isolation for “as long as it is deemed medically necessary”.
Domingo says he is currently in good health but was experiencing a fever and cough symptoms before deciding to get tested for the virus. He continued the post by urging everyone to be extremely careful by following local guidelines and regulations to protect not just themselves, but the entire community.
“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,” his post read. “Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon.”
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…
Fans were rocked by the post as they flooded Domingo with well wishes for both himself and his family. One commenter who called the beloved singer the “King of Opera” wrote: “Dearest Placido, you are a strong man in every way, and I know you can overcome this as well. Take good care of yourself during self isolation. Hope to hear your wonderful voice singing again in the near future.”
Another commenter shared their appreciation for the singer as they wrote: “Thank you, Maestro Placido, for your generosity, your kindness, your humanity, your magnificent talent, and for your wonderful sense of humor [sic], all of which I had the extreme pleasure to enjoy while I was living in Washington DC. Please, please take care. The world still needs you. The world will always need you. Muchísimas gracias.”
The Spanish opera star has enjoyed an illustrious career, spanning over sixty years, and he has performed regularly in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian since 1957. Domingo also claimed the title of the best-selling classical album of all time in 1990 when he grouped together with fellow iconic tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras to create the famous The Three Tenors recording.
Domingo joins a growing list of celebrities that have tested positive for coronavirus including Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, British actor Idris Elba and Prince Albert II of Monaco.