Milkha Singh, legendary Indian sprinter, tests COVID-19 positive

Milkha Singh, legendary Indian sprinter, tests COVID-19 positive Late legendary sprinter Milkha Singh- (PTI Photo)

Chandigarh: India’s legendary sprinter Milkha Singh has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently in isolation at his Chandigarh residence.

The 91-year-old iconic star, popularly known as “Flying Sikh”, is asymptomatic and is apparently still in “high spirits”.

“A couple of our helpers tested positive and so all the family members did the tests. Only I returned positive on Wednesday and I am surprised,” Milkha told PTI.

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“I am fine and there is no fever or cough. My doctor told me I will be al right in three-four days. I did jogging just yesterday. I am in high spirits,” he added.

The legendary athlete is a five-time Asian Games gold medallist, with one of his greatest achievement being the fourth place finish in the 400m final of the 1960 Olympics.

Milkha’s son and ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, who is in Dubai, revealed that his father would be returning to the country this week itself.

“I will be flying back home on Saturday,” said Jeev.

India’s COVID-19 tally

India recorded 2,76,070  fresh cases of COVID-19 on Thursday (May 20, 2021) and 3,874 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The total number of COVID-19 cases stand at 2,57,72,400 while the active number of cases are 31,29,878.

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32,23,56,187 samples were tested for COVID-19 up to May 19, 2021. Of these, 20,55,010 samples were tested on Wednesday, which is the highest single-day tests till date as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Meanwhile, the nation administered over 18.7 crore doses of the coronavirus vaccine, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Thursday. A total of 18,70,09,792 doses were given till 7 am on May 20, as per the data. Out of these, 11,66,090  doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

(With PTI Inputs)

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