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Actor Idris Elba tested positive for coronavirus

On Monday, the 47-year-old “Luther” star took to social media to reveal the news. Idris Elba just Tweeted that he has tested positive for coronavirus, joining Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and a growing list of people who are self-quarantining. Here’s his Tweet, in which he describes how it happened, and gives a realistic sense of the need to be cautious. You hate to see anyone test positive, but much the way that Hanks did when he discussed his positive test, Elba might help demystify this terrible crisis:

Actor Idris Elba tested positive for coronavirus

“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19,” he captioned a video of himself and his wife Sabrina Dhowre, 30. “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.”

In the video “The Wire” actor tells fans, “It sucks,” adding “Sabrina hasn’t been tested and she’s doing OK.”

He continued, “I got tested because I realized I was exposed to someone who also tested positive. I found out last Friday they tested positive and quarantined myself immediately and got the results back today.”

 Idrissa Akuna Elba OBE is an English actor, writer, producer, musician, DJ, rapper, and singer. He is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

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