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Antonio Banderas Details His COVID-19 Diagnosis On 60th Birthday

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By Chris Barilla

Acclaimed 'Zorro' actor Antonio Banderas has taken his 60th birthday as an opportunity to share with the world that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, posting a lengthy note to social media in Spanish where he detailed his diagnosis and unique feelings while dealing with the effects of the virus.

Banderas claimed that his particular case of COVID did not appear to be life-threatening, but wanted to share his experiences with others regardless to promote as much knowledge on the virus being available to the public as possible.

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"I want to make public that today, August 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday following quarantine after having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, caused by the coronavirus," the actor began his social media message about contracting the virus, accompanied by an image of himself as a child.

The star's comments were immediately flooded with a variety of well wishes for a speedy recovery from countless fans, many of which were also written in Banderas' native language.

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"I would like to add that I feel relatively well, just a little more tired than usual and confident that I will recover as soon as possible following the medical indications that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious process that I suffer and that is affecting so many people around the planet," Banderas went on to explain about his current symptoms and hopefulness that the virus will soon pass him and he will be able to continue his normal life.

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The actor continued to mention that he would be using his time in quarantine to further a few personal hobbies, saying, "I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write, rest and continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my 60th year to which I arrive full of enthusiasm. A big hug to everyone."

Banderas' diagnosis comes at a time where it seems as though COVID cases are rapidly increasing worldwide, especially in the United States as quarantine measures are relaxed in many areas.

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As of writing, the novel coronavirus has infected roughly 19,871,795 individuals in 188 countries, with a death toll that has reached 731,503.

In the United States, there are reported cases in all 50 states with a current count of 5,044,864 illnesses and roughly 162,938 deaths.

Banderas is the latest in a string of celebrities to go public with their COVID-positive diagnosis and symptoms in an attempt to further the dialogue about current options for treatment as well as individual stories combating the virus.

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