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COVID positive Milha Singh, wife of Nirmal Kaur “stable and improving”: Hospital

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Milkha Singh

Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh and his wife Nirmal Kaur are “stable and improving”, the hospital in Mohali said on Thursday, where the couple is currently undergoing treatment after a positive COVID-19 test.

“Both Mr. and Mrs. Milha Singh are stable and improving,” read a late-night health update issued by Fortis Hospital, Mohali

Earlier Wednesday, Milha, 91, was transferred from the hospital’s intensive care unit to be treated for COVID pneumonia.

His 82-year-old wife, Nirmal Kaur, a former Indian volleyball captain, was admitted to the same hospital on Wednesday after testing positive for the deadly virus. She also had COVID pneumonia, the hospital said in an earlier update.

Milkha and his wife share the same room in the hospital. Earlier, Kaur returned negative when all members of Milha’s family were tested for the virus.

Milkha was admitted to the intensive care unit on Monday after testing positive for the virus last Wednesday. He was diagnosed with COVID pneumonia on the same day. He is suspected of having contracted the infection from domestic help.

The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian gold medalist and champion of the British Commonwealth Games in 1958, but his greatest performance was in fourth place in the 400m final at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

His time in the Italian capital remained a national record for 38 years, while Parameet Singh broke it in 1998. He also represented India at the 1956 and 1964 Olympic Games and was awarded the Padma Sri in 1959.

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