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Idris Elba confirms he has tested positive

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The actor says he feels fine and currently has no symptoms, but has been isolated since he found out that he may have been exposed to the virus.

In a tweet he said: “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.

Idris Elba at the We Day charity event
Image:The actor says he was exposed to someone else who tested positive for COVID-19

“Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.”

In an accompanying video, Elba says he was tested after he discovered a person he had recent contact with had tested positive for COVID-19.

He said he immediately self-isolated and got tested and had his results back today.

He also urged followers to think about social distancing and washing their hands, adding they should be vigilant to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Idris Elba speaks onstage at Netflix's 'Turn Up Charlie' For Your Consideration event at Pacific Design Center on March 02, 2019 in West Hollywood, California
Image:The actor says he feels ‘okay’

“There are so many people whose lives have been affected, from those who have lost people they love, to people that don’t even have it and have lost their livelihoods,” he said.

“This is real.”

The actor’s announcement comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that 55 people had now died after testing positive for coronavirus,

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced new measures as part of his new daily press conferences, asking people to avoid pubs, bars and theatres to try and slow the spread of coronavirus.

He also issued new advice for whole families to self-isolate for 14 days should one person in the household suffer any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

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