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Idris Elba tests positive for coronavirus

The actor said he had no symptoms and decided to get tested after he learned he had been exposed to someone who had the disease.

WE Day UK 2020
Idris Elba speaks on stage during WE Day UK 2020 at The SSE Arena, Wembley on March 04, 2020 in London, England.
Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Idris Elba revealed on Twitter Monday that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

”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,” he captioned a video announcement. “Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing No panic.”

In the video, he explains he got tested after realizing he was exposed to someone who had also tested positive. He added that he self-quarantined after finding out about the other person’s results and “got a test immediately.”

”It sucks,” he admitted. “Looks, this is serious. Now’s the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands.”

Elba is not the first celebrity to test positive for the virus. Tom Hanks revealed last week he and wife Rita Wilson are also quarantined with the illness.