In a video that has gone viral on social media, actor Idris Elba says he has tested positive for coronavirus.
The 47-year-old actor says although he didn’t have any symptoms for the virus, his test results came back positive.
This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
Elba says he and his wife Sabrina Dhowre, are doing ‘OK’.
He says he had been isolated since finding out last Friday that he had been exposed to someone who tested the positive.
In the video, he encourages people watching to practice social distancing and be diligent about hand washing.
he global tally of confirmed cases has exceeded 168,000,with China now accounting for less than half of that.
The overall number of infections in mainland China stood at 80,881 as of Monday.
The death toll in China had reached 3,226, up by 13 from the previous day.
In Hubei there were 12 new deaths, with Wuhan accounting for 11 of the fatalities.
Alba has received messages of support on social media
Below are some of the messages:
You’ll be alright brother.
You’re Black Superman.
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) March 16, 2020
Get Well Soon Distinguished. This will pass.
— SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) March 16, 2020
Stay safe 😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/KGAOON2sY3
— Tash⁷₁₃ (@ennrjb) March 16, 2020
Wishing you a speedy recovery, Idris.
I’m glad you pointed out that even w/o any symptoms you tested positive.
I hope people realize that they can be carriers w/o even knowing it & we *all* must exercise social distancing to limit the harm of this virus. Godspeed.#Covid_19
— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@QasimRashid) March 16, 2020
Other celebrities who tested positive for the Covid-19
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they had tested positive for coronavirus last week.
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Hello, folks. @ritawilson and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive. Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!
He posted and update in his Instagram account that he and his Rita tested positive for the virus while they were in Australia.
Italian football club Juventus announced on Wednesday that one of its players, defender Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju revealed that he too tested positive for the new coronavirus.
He told Instagram fans that he’d be “self-isolating” with his family “for as long as it takes.”
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Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals. Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy! Please visit your country’s Center for Disease Control’s website, and follow the regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves, but our entire community, and especially those at risk like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. @grymolvaerhivju #fightcorona #solidarity #takecare #folkehelseinstituttet Thanks to @panoramaagency