Negocios

Lara dispels coronavirus rumours

“I hope and pray that all of us re­main safe be­cause as is no­tice­able COVID-19 is go­ing nowhere in the near fu­ture,” he said

BBRIDGETOWN – Bat­ting icon Bri­an Lara on Wednes­day shot down ru­mours he had test­ed pos­i­tive for COVID-19.

In a post on the so­cial net­work­ing ser­vice, In­sta­gram, the for­mer West In­dies cap­tain said it was im­por­tant he ad­dressed the “wrong­ful in­for­ma­tion” in or­der to halt its fur­ther spread.

“I have read all the cir­cu­lat­ing ru­mours re­gard­ing me test­ing pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus and it is im­por­tant I clar­i­fy the facts,” the dou­ble World record-hold­er said.

“Not on­ly is this in­for­ma­tion false, it is al­so detri­men­tal to spread such pan­ic in a com­mu­ni­ty al­ready feel­ing the dis­tress of the covid sit­u­a­tion.

“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.”

The 51-year-old Trinida­di­an urged safe­ty for the re­gion, cau­tion­ing that the threat of the coro­n­avirus would re­main im­mi­nent.

“I hope and pray that all of us re­main safe be­cause as is no­tice­able COVID-19 is go­ing nowhere in the near fu­ture,” he said.

Lara served as a pall­bear­er at last week’s fu­ner­al of West In­dies leg­end Sir Ever­ton Weekes, which was held at Kens­ing­ton Oval in Bar­ba­dos, which has record­ed 133 cas­es of COVID-19 along with sev­en deaths.

CMC