Idris Elba tests positive for coronavirus

All About Idris Elba The actor's full name is Idrissa Akuna Elba and he was born and raised as an only child in London, England. "Family Affair," a 1997 British soap opera, was among his first major roles. But he rose to prominence in America on HBO's "The Wire." In 2016, Elba was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. He isn't just an actor. Elba has a successful music career as a producer and DJ. He's spun records under the names Big Driis the Londoner, Driis

The actor tweeted a video Monday sharing the news with fans

Actor Idris Elba has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The star, whose Western "The Harder They Fall" had been filming in New Mexico before production was halted over the virus, confirmed the news on Twitter Monday.

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"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," he tweeted.

Elba said in the video, which can be seen here, that while "it sucks" he's "doing OK." After he found out someone he worked with tested positive, he "quarantined myself immediately" and received his results Monday.

The part-time Atlanta resident, who had filmed “Suicide Squad” in the city, emphasized the importance of social distancing and hand washing and noted his friends and colleagues have been notified.

Elba noted that his wife, model Sabrina Dhowre Elba, who also stood behind him in the accompanying video, had not been tested “and she’s doing OK.”

“I will keep you updated on how I’m doing,” Idris Elba said. “So far, I’m feeling OK.”

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The actor is the most recent celebrity to go public with his positive test results for the coronavirus. Last week, fellow actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, also tested positive. The couple said they're taking it "one day at a time."

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