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6 April 2020, 16:42
Duran Duran bassist John Taylor has revealed that he is now in recovery after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 59-year-old musician told fans on Facebook that he had contracted the virus three weeks ago, and is now recovering at home.
He wrote on the band’s official Facebook page: “DEAR FRIENDS OF MINE after giving some thought to this, I have decided to share with you that I tested positive with the Corona Virus almost three weeks ago.
“Perhaps I am a particularly robust 59 year old – I like to think I am – or was blessed with getting only a mild case of Covid 19 – but after a week or so of what I would describe as a ‘Turbo-charged Flu’, I came out of it feeling okay- although I must admit I didn’t mind the quarantine as it gave me the chance to really recover.”
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He continued: “I am speaking out in answer to the enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic, some of it entirely justified, and my heart goes out to everyone who has had to deal with real loss and pain.
"But I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing.”
Duran Duran began working on their 15th album last year, and were hoping for a release this 2020. However, it is likely to have been pushed back due to the coronavirus crisis.
The band are also currently scheduled to play a big headline show at BST Hyde Park in July, one of the few festivals which has not yet announced a postponement or cancellation.