American thrash metal legends Testament have posted a message online, confirming that their singer Chuck Billy, and his wife have been tested for COVID-19, also known as the Corona Virus. The message reads as follows:
As many of you already know, after returning from the Bay Strikes Back over Europe Tour last week, some of us in Testament have been feeling unwell and have made the decision along with our Doctors to be tested for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. As of yesterday morning, Chuck and Tiffany Billy’s tests have come back positive as well as some crew members. We wanted to reach out to everyone who has been supporting us and expressing concern to inform you that we are doing what’s right, and what’s safe, and have all been quarantining ourselves since our return home; since before we were even tested. We are of course concerned for our families, our friends, our crew, our fellow musicians, and our fans. We’ve reached out to support our fellow Bay Area Bands who are also being proactive in their own camps, staying quarantined and safe, and will speak on their individual situations if and when they are ready to. At this moment we are currently focused on staying safe and quarantined, resting, getting ourselves back to health, and of course, sending well wishes, prayers, and positive energy towards our friends who are also sick. We also want to send well wishes to all of our fans and supporters in this time of crisis. We’re taking all the necessary steps to stay safe at home and we ask our friends and fans to do the same. Please take care of each other, and stay healthy so we can continue to thrash in the not so distant future!
While not confirmed as of yet, other musicians who took part in the tour are also suspected of contracting the virus, with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt claiming the following:
So I’ve been locked away with Lisa Holt, suffering from all the symptoms of Corona, without the beer! Mildly sick, better today after repeatedly waking up soaked in sweat last night. Self monitoring with my better half, and unfortunately, won’t be able to visit my grandkids until I’m symptom free for seven days. Ugh. Movie time, binge watching TV, and waiting this out!
Apart from the mentioned ones, Death Angel drummer Will Carroll is currently in intensive care with friends and bandmates claiming he is very ill.
The pandemic’s global death toll has reached over 14,000, while the global number of cases has surpassed 339,000, according to the World Health Organization.