Amid the global pandemic, rumors are spreading like wildfire and social media is acting as a harbinger of these rumors.
The latest victim of this absurdity is the former West Indies cricketer, Brian Lara. From the past few days, rumors have been spreading on social media that the legendry batsman has gone through a COVID-19 test and tested positive for the coronavirus infection. However, Lara denied all such claims. Slamming the rumor-spreaders, he took to social media platforms, Instagram & Twitter to clarify the assumptions.
Lara informed his fans and loved ones that he underwent the test for confirmation and has tested negative. He posted a photo on Instagram and wrote in the caption section:
“Hi everyone, I have read all the circulating rumors 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.”
He also added “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 is not something we should be used 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 added.
He posted the same on Twitter, urging his followers not to spread or believe any such rumor. This kind of information without any confirmation may inflict more panic among the people.
Brain Lara, the left-handed magician has several world records under his name. He announced his retirement from international cricket in the year 2007.
In 2004, Lara became the first batsman to reclaim the highest individual Test score. He made the record by smashing 400 against England, in the process breaking Hayden’s 380. His record of 501 in a first-class match for Warwickshire remains unbeaten.
In his whole career he played 131 test matches and smashed 11953 runs with an average of 52.88.