Coronavirus: Queen guitarist Brian May tests positive for COVID-19

Queen co-founder and lead guitarist Brian May has tested positive for the coronavirus.

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The astrophysicist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer confirmed the diagnosis via Instagram on Saturday morning.

“The dreaded double red line. And yes - definitely NO sympathy please - it has been a truly horrible few days, but I’m OK. And I will tell the tale. PLEASE take extra care out there, good folks. This thing is incredibly transmissible. You really do NOT want it messing up YOUR Christmas. With love - Bri,” May wrote in his post.

More than 88,376 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed Thursday in the United Kingdom, including more than 11,000 cases involving the emergent omicron variant, Variety reported. By Friday, daily U.K. cases totaled more than 92,000, The New York Times reported.

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May co-founded the British rock band with late lead singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, May helped write some of the supergroup’s biggest hits, including “We Will Rock You,” “Hammer to Fall,” “Who Wants to Live Forever,” “I Want It All,” and “The Show Must Go On,” Variety reported.

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