Monday, 10 August 2020

Antonio Banderas, 60, tests positive for coronavirus in Malaga on his 60th birthday

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has tested positive for coronavirus in Malaga on his 60th birthday. 

Banderas, who is best known for his roles in Desperado and The Mask of Zorro, announced his diagnosis on social media. 

The actor revealed he was spending the day in quarantine and said that he was experiencing symptoms of fatigue. 

Banderas reassured fans that he expected to make a full recovery in the near future.  

It is not clear where the Madrid-born actor contracted coronavirus, but, translated from Spanish his post read: 'I feel relatively well, just a little more tired than usual'.

He said he was 'confident that I will recover as soon as possible' from the 'infectious process that I suffer and that is affecting so many people around the planet'.

His diagnosis comes just days after celebrating girlfriend Nicole Kimpel's 39th birthday in Malaga.  

The actor added that he would be spending his time in isolation focusing on reading, writing and resting. 

He said he would 'continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my newly released 60 years to which I arrive loaded with desire and enthusiasm'. 

Banderas has homes in Spain, the US, and near Surrey in England. 

The actor's work with Pedro Almodovar made him a star in Spain, before pop star Madonna introduced then to Hollywood. 

He carved an illustrious career spanning more than 100 movies, with huge blockbuster success including Philadelphia, Puss in Boots, and Pain and Glory.

Banderas previously suffered a heart attack in January 2017 and credited Nicole with saving his life when he started suffering symptoms.

He later underwent surgery to insert three stents in his arteries. 

Banderas is the latest in a string of high-profile figures to test positive for the illness, including Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, Bryan Cranston and the singer Pink. 


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