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Coronavirus update: Hollywood actors Idris Elba, Kristofer Hivju test positive

Both actors in self-quarantine now. Hanks and his wife were released from an Australian hospital after treatment.

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British actor and musician, Idris Elba has tested positive for coronavirus. The actor, who is known for his performances in the HBO series The Wire, BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), shared the news on Twitter yesterday. 

Elba said that he got tested after he found out that he had been exposed to someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.  

Besides Elba, Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju also announced on Monday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The actor shared the news on his Instagram account. “Greetings from Norway,” he wrote in an Instagram post, adding that his symptoms were mild. “My family and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes.” 


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

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Hivju is the latest in the line of celebrities who have been tested positive for COVID-19. Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and his wife had also tested positive. According to the latest update, the actor and his wife were released from an Australian hospital after being treated for coronavirus and are now in self-quarantine.

Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko also revealed on Sunday that she had tested positive. The 40-year-old, who starred in Quantum of Solace (2008), said she had been "ill for almost a week" with fever and fatigue before being diagnosed.

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 7,000 lives so far.

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