La Paz, June 20 (IANS) Former Bolivia international playmaker Julio Cesar Baldivieso has revealed that he and four other family members are battling COVID-19.
The 48-year-old said he was in a stable condition and resting at home while receiving regular medical checks, reports Xinhua news agency.
"Someone in the family infected us, but we have faith that we will get through this," Baldivieso told local newspaper Viva Sport. "I'm concerned about my parents, who also tested positive.
"The coronavirus is real. I urge people to take care of themselves, distance themselves and always wear a face mask."
Baldivieso was capped 85 times for Bolivia's national team in a career that included spells at Argentina's Newell's Old Boys and Japan's Yokohama Marinos, among other clubs.
He was Bolivia's national team head coach in 2015 and 2016, and is currently the manager of local first division side Aurora.
Bolivia has 21,499 confirmed coronavirus cases, 697 of which have been fatal, according to official figures published on Friday night.