Idris Elba has tested positive for Coronavirus.
In a video published to social media, Elba shared an update about his results after coming in contact with someone else that had tested positive for the virus.
“This morning, I tested positive for Covid 19,” he tweeted, along with a video message to fans. “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.”
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 joins a growing list of celebrities and Hollywood staffers who’ve tested positive for the virus, including Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Ukraine-born actress and model Olga Kurylenko, three NBA players, and more. At the end of the video, the actor insisted he was doing fine, but encouraged fans to remain calm and to take the virus seriously.
The global pandemic has infected nearly 170,000 people and left over 6,500 people dead, with thousands of new confirmed cases each day, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the United States alone, the death toll has reached 64, with over 3,700 infected.