Proteas cricketer Nqweni tests positive for COVID-19

Proteas cricketer Nqweni tests positive for COVID-19

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Cape Town, May 7 : South Africa cricketer Solo Nqweni on Thursday revealed that he has tested positive for the COVID-19, which has plunged the world into lockdown. The shocking news was revealed by the 26-year-old on his Twitter account on Thursday.

"So last year I got GBS, and have been battling this disease for the past 10 months and I'm only halfway through my recovery. I got TB, my liver failed and my kidney failed. Now, today, I tested positive for coronavirus. I don't understand why all of this is happening to me," Nqweni tweeted. His agent, Rob Humphries, confirmed Nqweni was in the hospital. Earlier in July, Nqweni was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare and potentially fatal auto-immune condition that weakens muscles and damages the peripheral nervous system.

At the time he was playing in Scotland, where he was put into an induced coma for four weeks and spent five months in intensive care before returning home in January. South Africa's men's team pledged the equivalent of USD 3,300 towards his care and rehabilitation, and GBP 76,875 came from an anonymous donor. Nqweni has taken 60 wickets in 36 first-class matches. He played eight under-19 one-day games for South Africa, three of them at the 2012 under-19 World Cup. (UNI)