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Coronavirus Update: Sachin Tendulkar tests positive for COVID-19

Tendulkar informed that all his other family members have tested negative for COVID-19.

March 27, 2021 / 12:38 PM IST
Sachin Tendulkar (Image: Reuters)

Sachin Tendulkar (Image: Reuters)

Sachin Tendulkar has tested positive for COVID-19 following mild symptoms, the former cricketer announced on March 27. The cricketer said he was in home quarantine.

Tendulkar, however, informed that all his other family members have tested negative.

"I have been testing myself and taking and taking all the recommended precautions to ensure COVID is kept at bay. However, I have tested positive today following mild symptoms," the legendary cricketer said in a post on Twitter.

"All others at home have tested negative. I have quarantined myself at home and I am following all the necessary protocols as advised by my doctors," he further wrote in his official statement.

"I want to thank all the healthcare professionals who are supporting me and many others across the country. Take care all of you," he added.


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Tendulkar is one of the biggest names to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection in recent times. He recently took part in the Road Safety World Series Challenge veteran's tournament in Raipur. He led the Indian team to victory in the tournament.

The COVID-19 cases have been on a surge in Maharashtra and Mumbai with over 36,000 positive cases recorded on March 26.

(This is a developing story. Please check back for updates)
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first published: Mar 27, 2021 10:32 am

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