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Madonna says she had Covid-19 during Paris tour

Paris – Madonna said Thursday she has recovered from the coronavirus which forced her to pull out of a string of concerts in Paris in February and March.

The US pop superstar said she had tested positive for antibodies which may mean she had Covid-19 – though at the time she said she didn’t realise she had it.

“I am not currently sick,” she told her 15 million followers on Instagram.

“When you test positive for antibodies it means you had the virus, which I clearly did as I was sick at the end of my tour in Paris over seven weeks ago along with many other artists in my show,” she said.

The 61-year-old only played a single night in Paris on Feb 22 before calling off the next show, citing “ongoing injuries”.

She later called off two further Paris concerts – the last in her Madame X world tour – after French authorities banned large gatherings in a bid to stem the spread of the virus in early March.

“At the time we all thought we had a bad flu,” Madonna wrote in her post.

“Thank God we are all healthy and well now.” 

Scientists are sceptical about the accuracy of many antibody tests which claim to show a person has had the virus.

Some warned that even those tests that meet the US government’s informal standards may produce false positives.

Madonna revealed she had the virus after sharing an article about her donating US$1.1 million (S$1.5m) towards research to find a vaccine for the coronavirus.

She was among 200 artists and scientists who signed an open letter Wednesday calling for radical change across the world rather than “a return to normal” after the coronavirus lockdowns.

Alongside Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda and Marion Cotillard and a clutch of Nobel Prize winners, she pleaded for an end to unbridled consumerism and a “radical transformation” of economies to help save the planet.

“The ongoing ecological catastrophe is a meta-crisis,” the open letter said.

“Unlike a pandemic... a global ecological collapse will have immeasurable consequences,” it added.

Madonna made a large donation to a fund organised by the European Union to find a vaccine for Covid-19, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen revealed last week. - AFP

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