Cape Town (South Africa) | Jagran Sports Desk: South African first-class cricketer Solo Nqweni on Friday announced that he has tested positive for the dreadful coronavirus.

In a tweet, the South African cricketer announced that he has tested positive for the novel infection. 

"So last year I got GBS, and have been battling this disease for the past 10 months and I'm only half way through my recovery," Nqweni said on twitter.

"I got TB, my liver failed and my kidney failed. Now today I tested positive for coronavirus. I don't understand why all of this is happening to me. Honestly," he added.

The 26-year-old played for South Africa Under-19s in 2012 and has been contracted to Eastern Province and has also played for franchise cricket for the Warriors.

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Last year, he was hospitalised in Scotland after contracting Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). After he had contracted GBS, a rare disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the nervous system, South African cricketers had donated 50,000 Rand to help the rehabilitation of Nqweni in February, reports Sport24.

Nqweni is the third cricketer known to have been tested positive for the coronavirus. Earlier, Pakistan's Zafar Sarfraz and Scotland's Majid Haq had tested positive for the infection.

Sarfraz, a former Pakistan player, also became the first cricketer to die of the dreadful infection. The 50-year-old first fell ill earlier in April and was put on a ventilator at a hospital in Peshawar after his condition deteriorated. He died on April 13, his family had confirmed.

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"Sarfraz was healthy and lively but some 10 days ago he developed symptoms of the coronavirus and did not survive," said a family member who spoke to AFP.

So far, the deadly coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan, has infected over 3.8 million people and claimed the lives of more than 2,67,000 across the world.

(With IANS inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma