Argentina’s ’86 World Cup coach Bilardo does not have COVID-19

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 29, 1986, Argentinian Pedro Pasculli (R) celebrates with his coach Carlos Bilardo after Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 in the World Cup final in Mexico City. – Former Argentina’s coach Bilardo, who coached the Argentine national team that won the World Cup in Mexico in 1986, tested positive for the , the Buenos Aires press reported on June 26, 2020. (Photo by STAFF / AFP)

Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning coach Carlos Bilardo was diagnosed with by mistake, his brother said Sunday.

“My brother has nothing, the very famous lab was wrong, it’s to kill them, almost certainly he’s going back to the same place,” Jorge Bilardo wrote on Twitter.

The 82-year-old had been hospitalized Saturday after testing positive for the the day before, despite being asymptomatic.

Bilardo suffers from a brain disorder and lives in a nursing home where 10 other occupants have tested positive for .

According to his brother, once he is discharged, he will likely return to the same facility, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Almagro.

Bilardo was hospitalized earlier Sunday at the private Argentina Institute of Diagnosis, which did not release a report on his status.

He had already undergone a test a few weeks ago that came back negative.

Bilardo was admitted to intensive care in July 2019 with Hakim-Adams syndrome.

He managed the national side from 1982 to 1990, winning the World Cup in Mexico with Diego Maradona and then guiding the defending champions to 1990 final in Italy. He is also a doctor.

Geriatric hospitals have been major hotspots for contagion since the start of the pandemic. Argentina has so far recorded 1,233 deaths out of 59,920 cases of infection.

More than 90 percent of the infections are clustered in and around the capital city.

President Alberto Fernandez announced on Friday a toughening of lockdown measures in the capital Buenos Aires and its surrounding area with cases on the rise.

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