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Coronavirus update: Kiran Kumar tests negative for COVID-19 for the third time

Despite testing positive earlier, the veteran actor was asymptomatic.

Photo: Courtesy Kiran Kumar Facebook

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Veteran actor Kiran Kumar tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month on 14 May. The actor isolated himself at his home since then. But yesterday, he tested negative for the third time and is now out of danger. 

Kumar spoke about the entire saga to news agency IANS. “It is safe to say that things feel more than a little surreal at the moment. Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined a dystopia like this would be our everyday reality. But it is. A few weeks ago, I had to undergo a routine medical procedure for which, under the government's guideline at the time, a COVID-19 test was mandatory,” he said. 

The actor added that he never thought his test would come positive. “My daughter accompanied me for the testing and we joked and laughed and generally remained upbeat, certain that this was just a formality and we would get on with our normal lives soon enough,” he said. “The test results came back positive. Within the hour, we cordoned off a floor at home and turned it into an isolation zone. The amazing doctors at Hinduja Khar and Lilavati armed us with enough information to ensure panic would not set in. We informed the BMC [Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation] of my status and amped up everyone's vitamin intake.” 

Kumar is happy and relieved to know that he has tested negative for the third time. “My family is still following strict home isolation. I was totally asymptomatic and apart from the boredom that accompanies isolation had no other complaints,” he said. 

The actor also shared how he is taking this forced vacation. “I am continuing to take this forced time out as an opportunity to introspect and focus on life's smaller pleasures. The days are spent meditating, catching up on ample OTT [over-the-top] content and reading books I've long forgotten I'd bought. We all held on to our optimism and if there's one take away I have from this, is that there's nothing to fear but fear itself,” he said.  

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