The English actor Idris Elba introduced on Monday that he had examined constructive for the coronavirus, sharing the information with followers in a video that he posted on Twitter.
“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19,” Mr. Elba wrote in a publish that accompanied the video, referring to the illness attributable to the coronavirus. “I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.”
Mr. Elba, 47, is greatest recognized for his roles within the HBO sequence “The Wire” and because the title character within the BBC police drama sequence “Luther.” He stated he was examined “because I realized I was exposed to someone who had also tested positive.” He stated he discovered about that individual’s constructive check consequence on Friday. “I quarantined myself and got a test immediately,” Mr. Elba stated.
“This is serious,” he stated within the video, urging individuals to be vigilant about handwashing and social distancing.
The announcement got here lower than every week after the actor Tom Hanks stated that he and his spouse, the actress Rita Wilson, had tested positive for the coronavirus, putting a famous face and name to an outbreak that was spreading around the globe.
Mr. Elba said his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, who appeared in the video with him, had not been tested. But, he added, “she’s doing OK.”
“We’ve told our families, they’re very supportive,” he said. “We’ve told our colleagues. Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now. If you’re feeling ill or you feel like you should be tested or you’ve been exposed, then do something about it. It’s really important.”
It was not clear where Mr. Elba was tested.
In the video, Mr. Elba lamented that “we live in a divided world right now, we can all feel it.”
“But now’s the time for solidarity,” he said. “Now’s the time for thinking about each other. There’s so many people whose lives have been affected.”
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