Tom Hanks stunned the world when he announced that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had tested positive for coronavirus and since then the list of celebrities with COVID-19 continues to grow, with big names like Kevin Durant and Idris Elba all testing positive in recent days.
From a Bond girl to a Game of Thrones wildling, here are all the most recognizable figures who have tested positive for coronavirus.
1. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Hanks and Wilson, both 63, surprised the world with their coronavirus diagnoses, which came early on in the public awareness of the seriousness of the pandemic. The couple are in Australia, where Hanks was supposed to start work on a film about Elvis. They have been released from the hospital.
“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” shared Hanks. “Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”
“Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”
“We’ll keep the world posted and updated.”
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 13, 2020
2. Idris Elba
The British star tested positive for the virus and he shared a video in which he announced it to millions of Twitter followers.
“This morning I got some test results back for coronavirus, and it came back positive … and it sucks,” Elba said in the clip before assuring that he was “doing OK.”
“I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus,” he told his fans. “Stay home people and be pragmatic.”
The next day, Elba dispelled a “weird myth” that black people are immune to Coronavirus and urged people to take it seriously.
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. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
3. Rachel Matthews
The Frozen 2 actress, who voiced Honeymaren in the Disney movie, shared the news on Instagram on March 16, saying that she has quarantined herself for the past week.
4. Olga Kurylenko
The French -Ukrainian actress and model announced on Instagram that she was “locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus.”
She’s well known for starring alongside Daniel Craig in the 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Kurylenko also shared that she has “actually been ill for almost a week now” with symptoms including “fever and fatigue.”
Later she also explained that she hadn’t been hospitalized to make room for “patients that are struggling with life.”
“Thank you to everyone who has sent me well wishes,” she said. “I’m overwhelmed with everyone’s kindness.”
5. Kristofer Hivju
The Game of Thrones star, who played Tormund Giantsbane told his fans that he tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-isolating at home.
“We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading,” he said. “Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy!”
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Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals. Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy! Please visit your country’s Center for Disease Control’s website, and follow the regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves, but our entire community, and especially those at risk like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. @grymolvaerhivju #fightcorona #solidarity #takecare #folkehelseinstituttet Thanks to @panoramaagency
6. Kevin Durant
The Brooklyn Nets player is among four players on the team who have been tested positive for Coronavirus and have been placed in isolation.
“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant told The Athletic. “We’re going to get through this.”
7. Charlotte Lawrence
The American singer-songwriter announced on Instagram that she too has been infected with the virus.
“I am going to be completely fine. But many who get it won’t be if too many people get sick too quickly. So this is not me asking for prayers, for love, for sweet messages. This is me pleading for you all to protect those less able to survive this virus.”
She also pleaded for people to “stay inside. Please.”
“Think about your parents. Think about your grandparents,” she added. “Think about someone else getting your loved ones sick because they don’t listen, because they thought they knew better. Because they were selfish.”
8. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell
The Utah Jazz basketball players both tested positive for the virus. Gobert’s tested positive shortly after he joked about feeling sick and touching every microphone and recording device at a media event, prompting the NBA to suspend its season indefinitely. Mitchell tested positive shortly afterwards. Gobert later apologized.
— NBA (@NBA) March 15, 2020
9. Callum Hudson-Odoi
The young Chelsea Football Club player shared that he had recovered after he tested positive but he was following health guidelines and isolating himself from others. “I’m feeling good and hope to see you all soon. Stay home, but find a way to work.”
10. Sophie Trudeau
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie, tested positive for COVID-19 and it sent shockwaves around the world. “She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild,” Trudeau’s office shared in an official statement. At the moment the couple is taking doctors’ advice by undergoing 14 days of isolation.
11. Mikel Arteta
Arsenal Football team confirmed that their Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta had tested positive for CoronaVirus and he would be going into self-isolation.
Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham shared, “Our thoughts are with Mikel, who is disappointed but in good spirits.”
“We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.”
12. Indira Varma
Indira Varma became the second Game Of Thrones cast member to test positive for Coronavirus. Her diagnosis has come days after Kristofer Hivju also said that he tested positive for the virus.
Varma, who played the role of Ellaria Sand in Game Of Thrones, announced the news on Instagram.
“I’m in bed with it and it’s not nice. Stay safe and healthy and be kind to your fellow people,” she wrote.
13. Andrew Watt
Music producer Andrew Watt, who is also known creatively as Watt, shared that he had tested positive with COVID-19, after he was initially told that he had the flu.
“Yesterday I was given the results that I am positive for COVID-19. I wanted to tell you all about my journey getting here in an effort to bring awareness to the severity of what’s happening in the world,” he announced on his Instagram.
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