Not long after, his wife, model Sabrina Dhowre Elba, also contracted the disease. The actor has since updated fans that he and his spouse have "passed the quarantine period but we're a little bit stuck in limbo," adding they were unable to get a flight back home in a March 31 Twitter video.
On Instagram Saturday, Idris Elba posted a rap that seemed to tackle the news surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. In an ode to singer Bill Withers, who died at age 81, the actor also sang "Lovely Day" on the track.
In response, fans began to wonder about the Elbas’ testing access. One asked about the British star’s ability to get tested for COVID-19, the disease which is caused by the coronavirus.
“Love you Dris but celebrities getting tested and average folk not. Where is that line?” the fan asked in the comments. “Average folk wife not being tested. Both of you would be quarantined and call it a day. We are all happy you both are doing well and recovering. But.... what’s good for the average is good for all. I’d appreciate celebrities calling attention to this privilege.”
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In response, the actor and DJ clarified his stance on testing for the new virus.
“Thanks for your comment. We don’t feel privileged for having Covid,” he wrote. “I feel lucky to have got a test when I did because I’m Asymptomatic and avoiding spread. There should be no hierarchy everyone should be getting tested. I was tested because of my employer’s insurance, otherwise i may have not got a test. Keep making noise about it.”
Elba is one of many celebrities who have tested positive for COVID-19. Fellow actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, have also tested positive before recovering. Recently, singer Pink said she and her 3-year-old son tested positive. After continuing to shelter at home, she said they tested again with negative results.