Argentina legend, Diego Maradona, has tested negative for COVID-19, his lawyer, Matias Morla, said on Monday.
Morla’s announcement helped to allay fears that the football icon had contacted the coronavirus after hugging a colleague who was later found to have tested positive.
Maradona, who led Argentina to the World Cup in 1986, took the test after coming into close contact last Friday with Facundo Contin.
Contin is a player who tested positive for COVID-19 less than a day later.
“The test Diego Maradona took has come back negative for COVID-19,” Morla wrote on Twitter.
“Thanks to all the Argentines for their concern and best wishes. Stay safe because the virus is still out there among us.”
Maradona is presently the coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima, a first division club from the city of La Plata.
Argentina has the world’s highest rate of positive COVID-19 tests, according to Oxford-linked tracker Our World In Data, with nearly six out of 10 yielding an infection.
It is a reflection of low testing levels and loose enforcement of lockdown rules.
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