Idris Elba and other public figures who are fighting the coronavirus or have succumbed to it

Idris Elba and other public figures who are fighting the coronavirus or have succumbed to it

The coronavirus menace continues to cause more harm as more countries register more cases of infections and deaths. Not only has the pandemic crippled most of the crucial sectors in the states but also shaken their economies. What makes it dreadful is that it has not spared anyone regardless of their social status. Idris Elba, the talented actor, is feared to be among those infected.

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The thought of coronavirus infecting a public figure like Idris Elba is enough proof that dire preventive measures should be put in place. It also disputes the myth about the virus not attacking blacks. How has the celebrity been since he was diagnosed? Which other public figures have fallen prey? This list will leave you in shock and show you that you need to stay safe.

Public figures with coronavirus

Public figures have not been spared as some of them have registered cases of testing positive. They have emphasised on the need to practice the necessary preventive measures.

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Celebrities and their spouses

The entertainment industry has faced the impact of the pandemic as some of the renown figures have tested positive. These are the renown celebrities with coronavirus:

Idris Elba

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On March 16th, 2020, the coveted and award-winning actor took to his Twitter to announce that he had tested positive for the virus. He was with Sabrina Dhowre Elba to shoot a movie when the tests were taken, and he turned out to be positive. He quickly quarantined himself and has since then been advocating for people to be safe. He has, however, expressed his fears about contracting the virus since he has a record of suffering from asthma.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

On March 11th, 2020, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced that they had fallen victim to the fatal illness after they had travelled to Australia to shoot a video about the life of Elvis Presley. Amidst the fear that most the fans had about the Academy Award-winning star, the duo reported that they were responding well to medication.

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Kristofer Hivju

Kristofer Hivju, who puled the role of Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones, has joined the list of celebrities who tested positive for COVID 19. Through an Instagram post that he shared on March 27th, 2020, the talented actor opened up about his infection and stated that his family had gone into isolation. He went further to urge the public to take the necessary precautions to avoid being infected.

Rachel Matthews

Rachel Matthews, the talented actor who voiced Honeymaren in Frozen 2, is one of the Hollywood stars who have tested positive for coronavirus. The twenty-six-year-old posted on her Instagram stories about having tested positive for the virus last week. She also highlighted some of the symptoms that she had manifested and urged the public to be safe.

Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko, who pulled the role of Camille Montes in Quantum of Solace, a James Bond movie, also opened up about falling victim to the fatal disease through an Instagram post.

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Andrew Watt

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The renown producer is among the celebrities who have tested positive for coronavirus. Watt also recommended following the preventive measures to avoid the spread of the disease.

Janet Broderick

Janet Broderick, the sister of Matthew Broderick, has also tested positive for the disease. The sixty-four-year-old reverend was admitted after suffering from a severe form of pneumonia. She is, however, reported to be recovering.

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Sports figures who have tested positive for COVID 19

The sports sector is also suffering the effects of the pandemic as some of the athletes have tested positive. The industry is also experiencing the ripple effect of having to stop all training activities and matches. These are the figures who have been the face of the impact of the pandemic:

Rudy Gobert

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Rudy Gobert stands as the first NBA player to test positive for the novel coronavirus. Even though he has been feeling better since his diagnosis, he still wishes that he had taken the matter more seriously. He has urged the public to take the preventive measures seriously and has also donated more than $500,000 to the people who have been affected by the virus.

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Donovan Mitchell

On March 12th, 2020, during an interview with ABC, Donovan stated that he had tested positive even though he had not manifested any symptoms of the disease. He, however, said that he was in isolation.

Trey Thompkins

Trey Thompkins, Real Madrid's basketball player, announced that he had tested positive for the disease on March 12th, 2010. Through a post on Twitter, he stated that he was okay and was responding well.

Chris Kielsmeier

Chris Kielsmeier, Cleveland State's women's basketball coach, has also joined the list of the sports figures with coronavirus. He, however, stated that he was feeling better and was looking forward to being back in shape.

Daniele Rugani

Daniele Rugani was the first Series A player to contract the deadly disease. He has, however, revealed that he is on the road to recovery and has not manifested any severe symptoms.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi

On March 13th, 2020, the talented football player shared a video on his Instagram account to declare that he had tested positive. He then announced that he had gone into self-isolation as a precautionary measure. After five days, Frank Lampard, Chelsea's coach, announced that Odoi was doing pretty well and was on his journey to recovery.

Paulo Dybala

Since March 12th, 2020, rumours have been flaring up about Dybala testing positive for the virus. The Juventus star has, however, refuted the claims and stated that he does not have the virus. However, through his social media platforms, he has declared that he is in a voluntary isolation as a precautionary measure.

Mikel Arteta

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Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, is also a victim of the pandemic. Mikel was forced to go into self-isolation after he tested positive although he has stated that he is doing better.

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Other athletes who have tested positive include:

  • Eliaquim Mangala
  • Ezequiel Garay
  • Albin Ekdal
  • Omar Colley
  • Antonino La Gumina
  • Manolo Gabbiadini
  • Morten Thorsby
  • Fabio Depaoli
  • Dušan Vlahović
  • Germán Pezzella
  • Patrick Cutrone
  • Dominique Blanc
  • Evangelos Marinakis
  • Dmitry Strakhov
  • Fernando Gaviria

Politicians with coronavirus

The whip has not spared politicians, as some of the most influential figures tested positive for the virus. They include:

  • Eshaq Jahangiri, the Vice President of Iran
  • Masoumeh Ebtekar, the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs in Iran
  • Iraj Harirchi, Deputy Health Minister of Iran
  • Mohamad Reza Ghadir, the head of coronavirus management in Qom, Iran
  • Mojtaba Zolnour and Mahmoud Sadeghi, members of Parliament in Iran
  • Quim Torra, the regional leader in Catalan
  • Pere Aragonés, Deputy Head of Government in Catalan
  • Peter Dutton, Minister of Home Affairs in Australia
  • Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Prime Minister of Canada
  • Franck Riester, Minister of Culture of France
  • Nadine Dorries, Minister of Health of the U.K
  • Irene Montero, Minister of Equality of Spain
  • Begoña Gómez, the wife of the Prime Minister of Spain

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Hadi Khosroshahi, a diplomat form Iran, and Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a member of the Expediency Council, have succumbed to the virus.

The news of Idris Elba testing positive should not be a cause of panic. Instead, it should be a wake-up call to those who do not take the issue with the seriousness that it deserves.


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