Idris Elba has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Luther star took to Twitter on Monday (Mar 16) to reveal he had been diagnosed with the virus and has been isolating since he found out he had "possible exposure" to COVID-19.
He shared on his social media pages: "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. (sic)"
Elba also posted a two minute long video alongside his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba, who he said had not been tested for the virus, and urged people to take COVID-19 serious and practice social distancing and washing hands.
The 47-year-old actor — who has Isan, 18, and Winston, five, from previous relationships — went on to insist that their families and colleagues have been very supportive and has hailed "transparency" as the key.
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 isn't the only celebrity to test positive for COVID-19.
Game of Thrones' Kristofer Hivju too has been diagnosed with the virus. He took to Instagram on Monday (Mar 16) to reveal he has been self-isolating at home.
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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