Coronavirus: Idris Elba tests positive for Covid-19

16 March 2020, 18:28

Idris Elba has tested positive for Covid-19
Idris Elba has tested positive for Covid-19. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

Actor Idris Elba has tested positive for coronavirus.

The star of BBC drama Luther said he has self-isolated but has shown no symptoms so far.

Taking to social media, the 47-year-old said: "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."

The actor appeared alongside his wife Sabrina Dhowre who has not been tested.

He said he got tested after finding out he had been in contact with someone who tested positive for the illness.

"This is serious," he added. "Now is the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands."

Elba told fans to remain "really vigilant".

He said: "Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now. If you're feeling ill, or you feel like you should be tested, or if you've been exposed, do something about it."

Wendell Pierce, who starred alongside Elba in crime drama The Wire, sent a get well soon message on Twitter.

He said: "The entire cast of The Wire wishes our brother @IdrisElba to get well soon as he fights this virus. Take care and best of health."

Other stars to have tested positive for Covid-19 include actor Tom Hanks, Arsenal football manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea footballer Callum Hudson-Odoi.