British actor Idris Elba says he has tested positive for coronavirus

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Popular British actor Idris Elba has announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Elba made the announcement on Twitter on Monday night, saying he got the results on Monday morning but felt okay.

He wrote, “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.”

Got exposed to positive person

The Fast and Furious star accompanied his tweet with a video of himself and his wife Sabrina Dhowre.

In the video, he reiterated that he and Sabrina were doing okay, but said Sabrina hadn’t been tested yet.

Elba added, “I got tested because I realised I got exposed to someone who had also tested positive. I found out last Friday that they had tested positive.

“I quarantined myself and got tested immediately and got the results back today. Look, this is serious. Now is the time to really think about social distancing [and] washing your hands.”

‘Transparency the best thing’

Elba encouraged his fans to be vigilant because infected people may not display symptoms but could easily spread the virus.

“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,” he said.

Elba’s tweet went viral, racking up more than 335,000 likes and 110,000 retweets in just over an hour. His video was also viewed more than 6.3 million times within the same time period.

The United Kingdom (UK) has been hit hard by the virus with more than 1,500 confirmed cases and 55 deaths so far.

Globally, more than 169,000 cases have been confirmed and the pandemic has claimed over 7,000 lives so far.

In South Africa, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed a total of 62 cases during a press briefing on Monday.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a raft of extraordinary measures to curb the spread of the virus, including travel bans to several European countries and the United States.

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