British actor Idris Elba says he has tested positive for coronavirus

British actor Idris Elba says he has tested positive for coronavirus
Director and executive producer Idris Elba attends a news conference to promote the movie Yardie at the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

British actor Idris Elba said on Monday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus.

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Elba, who starred in TV drama “The Wire” and movie “Avengers: Infinity War,” said in a Twitter post that he had no symptoms but was isolating himself from others.

It was not clear where he was located.

“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,” Elba, 47, wrote.

Elba said he had taken the test because he found out on Friday that he had been exposed to someone who had contracted the disease.

He did not identify the person.

“Stay positive. Don’t freak out,” he said in a video accompanying the Twitter post.

Elba was the second major Hollywood celebrity to announce he has the virus.

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced last week that they both had contracted the disease while working on a film in Australia.

On Sunday, Hanks shared an update from Australia, where he and his wife, Rita Wilson, are both in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.

The actor tweeted a photo on Sunday showing a stuffed kangaroo and koala watching over his vegemite-covered toast.

“Thanks to the Helpers,” Hanks tweeted. “Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.”

There are more than 240 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia, according to Australia’s Department of Health.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government announced a $11.4 billion economic plan to support the country’s economy during the epidemic.

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