Idris Elba reveals he's tested positive for COVID-19, despite not showing symptoms: 'It sucks'

Idris Elba is the latest celebrity to test positive for COVID-19.

Days after Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson revealed their coronavirus results while being isolated in Australia, the British actor and DJ told fans that he too got a positive result after being tested over the weekend. Elba, 47, said he showed no symptoms, but sought out testing “immediately” after learning last Friday that someone he’d been exposed to had tested positive for the coronavirus disease. The Luther star, who has been in quarantine ever since, received his results Monday morning.

Elba’s wife, Sabrina Dhowre, sat with him during his announcement, in which he urged the public to stay safe and practice social distancing. He noted that Dhowre had not yet been tested herself, but was “doing O.K.”

“Look, this is serious, you know?” he said. “Now’s the time to think about social distancing, washing your hands ... Beyond that, there are people out there who aren’t showing symptoms and that can easily spread it. So now’s a real time to be really vigilant about washing your hands and keeping your distance.”

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Idris Elba speaks to the media at the premiere of 'The Mountain Between Us' during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Idris Elba attends 'The Dark Tower' photocall at the Whitby Hotel on July 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Idris Elba attends the UK premiere for '100 Streets' on November 8, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Idris Elba (L) and Sabrina Dhowre attend Idris Elba's Christmas Party at Kadie's Cocktail Bar & Club on December 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: Actor Idris Elba arrives for the 'Molly's Game UK film premiere in London, United Kingdom on December 06, 2017. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Director Idris Elba attends the 'Yardie' red carpet arrivals during the Sundance Film Festival at Picturehouse Central on June 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 28: In this handout provided by FIA Formula E, Actor Idris Elba drives the Formula E track car. during the Paris E-Prix in the Paris ePrix, Round 8 of the 2017/18 FIA ABB Formula E Series at Circuit des Invalides on April 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sam Bloxham - Handout/FIA Formula E via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 05: Actor Idris Elba arrives on the red carpet for the Santos de Cartier Watch Launch at Pier 48 on April 5, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERLINALE, BERLIN, GERMANY - 2018/02/22: Idris Elba attends the 'Yardie' press conference during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel. (Photo by Beata Siewicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Idris Elba attends as The House of Remy Martin celebrates the APEX Social Club at the WanderLuxxe House with Common and Friends on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Remy Martin)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba attend the 'Molly's Game' UK premiere at Vue West End on December 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14:Idris Elba attends Ferrari: Under the Skin hosted by Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black, Directors of the Design Museum, and Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ at the Design Museum on November 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Kate Winslet and Idris Elba during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Idris Elba (R) and guest attend the premiere of 'The Mountain Between Us' during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 561 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Idris Elba talks with host Seth Meyers during an interview on August 1, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba attend 'The Dark Tower' New York Premiere on July 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

He asked fans to practice “transparency” by getting tested if they feel ill.

“We live in a divided world right now,” he added. “We can all feel it. It’s been bull****. But now’s the time for solidarity. Now’s the time for thinking about each other. 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 but have lost their livelihoods. This is real.”

Elba signed off by promising to keep fans updated on his progress.

The announcement by actor, who has been long been a hot favorite to play James Bond, follows the news that former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko also has COVID-19.

For the latest news on the evolving coronavirus outbreak, follow along here. According to experts, people over 60 and those who are immunocompromised continue to be the most at risk. If you have questions, please reference the CDC and WHO’s resource guides.


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