Idris Elba Tests Positive For Coronavirus And Self-Isolates With Wife Sabrina
17 March 2020 Entertainment
Idris Elba has revealed he has tested positive for the coronavirus via Twitter.
The actor, 47, said that he ‘feels ok’ and has no symptoms but has decided to self-isolate following his exposure to COVID-19.
Posting a video on social media, the star sat next to his wife Sabrina to give fans an update on his condition.
Idris had attended the WE Day UK Charity event and concert in London last Tuesday March 3 with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
She announced she tested positive for the virus last week and will self quarantine.
Idris shared the video with the caption: ‘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 confirmed that wife Sabrina had not yet been tested but said that she also ‘feels ok’ at the moment.
The Luther star added that he only got tested after coming into contact with someone who later confirmed that they had coronavirus, before quarantining himself and getting tested ‘immediately’.
He received the news of his results this morning.
‘Look, this is serious,’ he continued. ‘Now is the time to start thinking about social distancing, washing your hands. Beyond that there are people out there who aren’t showing symptoms, and that can easily spread it.
‘So now is the time to be really vigilant about washing your hands, and keeping your distance.’
The pair have also told their families and colleagues. Idris finished the clip by saying ‘stay positive and don’t freak out’.
Fans were quick to share their best wishes with the star, praising him for using his platform to encourage people to take more precautions.
Actress Ava DuVernay wrote: ‘Thank you, @idriselba, for using your platform to educate and inform. No symptoms, but positive.’
But others were quick to point out that his wife Sabrina should have separated herself, as she had not yet been tested for the virus.
Another follower commented: ‘If you are positive, and Sabrina has not been tested then why are you anywhere near her?’
The news comes a week after Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the novel coronavirus during a holiday to the Gold Coast in Australia.
The Forrest Gump actor and his wife, both 63, announced the positive test results on Instagram urging the public to ‘take care’.
Hanks revealed they had experienced symptoms including the common cold, body aches and chills before they decided to get tested.