“Luther” star Idris Elba, 47, has tested positive for covid-19. Elba received his test results on Monday morning.
So far, he said he feels “OK” and is showing no symptoms, according to a video posted to Twitter.
Elba said he had been isolated since finding out last Friday that he had been exposed to someone who tested the positive.
He encouraged people watching to practice social distancing and be diligent about hand washing, emphasizing the point that there are asymptomatic people are out there, like himself.
“Stay home people and be pragmatic,” he wrote.
He added: “Look we live in a divided world right now…but now is a time for solidarity. Now is a time for thinking about each other. There are so many people whose lives have been affected.”
Elba’s wife, Sabrina Dhowre, appeared beside him in his video. Elba said she has not been tested but was “doing OK.”
Elba said he would provide updates on his condition. So far, we’re feeling OK. Stay positive and don’t freak out.”
Elba is not the only high profile star to share news of his coronavirus diagnosis; Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they had tested positive for coronavirus last week.