British actor (and let’s face it, diagnosed legend) Idris Elba – best known for starring in The Wire and Luther – has tested positive for coronavirus.
The Thor star took to Twitter this afternoon to share the news with his 2.7 million followers.
Elba posted a video of his himself and his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba in self-isolation. The actor explained that although he isn’t experiencing any symptoms, he decided to go and get tested for COVID-19 anyway after being exposed to someone who had tested positive. He adds that he learned of this person’s diagnosis on Friday and responded by immediately self-isolating.
Elba goes on to tell his fans that his results came back positive earlier today, but stressed that he is “doing okay”, as is his wife Sabrina, who is yet to be tested coronavirus.
Elba captioned the video as follows:
“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.”
Idris Elba is the latest in a string of celebs and public figures to test positive for COVID-19, the pandemic which has now spread to 146 countries and caused almost 6,500 deaths.
Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks recently revealed that he and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the new coronavirus. The actor made the announcement on social media last week, saying that they contracted COVID-19 while in Australia.
Hanks revealed the news on Facebook, writing:
“Hello, folks. Rita 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!”
Cats and now coronavirus? Fate, give this hero a break. Please.
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