07 Aug, 2020
Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has denied the rumours about him affecting by the COVID-19 and testing positive, citing that it was a "false" information.
However, rumours were going around on social media where many have shared the posts stating that the legendary West Indies batsman has been diagnosed with deadly COVID-19. Meanwhile, Lara clarified that he did get tested for the virus but the result came out negative as well.
He, however, asked people not to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a tool for spreading negativity.
"Hi everyone, I have read all the circulating rumours regarding me testing positive for the coronavirus and it is important I clarify the facts. Not only is this information false, but it is also detrimental to spread such panic in a community already feeling the distress of the COVID situation," Lara said in an Instagram post.
"While you haven't personally affected me, what causes concern is that spread of wrongful information is careless and causes unnecessary worry amongst a lot of people that would have been in my circle. This virus isn't something we should be using in a negative manner to create sensationalism. I hope and pray that all of us remain safe because as is noticeable COVID 19 is going nowhere in the near future," he further added.
The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak not only postponed or cancelled every sporting event around the world but also claimed several lives by far. While nearly 18.8M people have been affected by the deadly virus around the world, almost 706K people have lost their lives as well.