Idris Elba has suggested he contracted coronavirus from Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie, after both of them tested positive for Covid-19.
The Wire actor confirmed on Monday that he has tested positive for coronavirus, and jumped on a live Twitter stream on Tuesday night to keep his fans updated on his condition.
And while he didn’t mention the Canadian prime minister’s wife by name, the 47-year-old explained that he was first ‘exposed’ to the virus on 4 March.
On 4 March, Idris participated in a WE Day event, and in a picture shared to Sophie’s Instagram, she posed in front of the WE branding with Idris and Lewis Hamilton.
A week later, Trudeau and his wife went into self-isolation as Sophie tested positive.
Idris told his fans: ‘That’s when the person that came up positive, that was the time I got in contact with that person.
‘So essentially, I could have been positive since March 4, but it’s hard to say when I made contact with someone with corona. You can contract it any time. My known exposure was on March 4.’
He then explained how he had managed to get tested, when tests are only being given to those with the most serious symptoms.
The actor said: ‘The simple answer is that on Friday last week I was told that someone that I had been in contact with had tested positive and I’m on location, about to start film and the news breaks that this person, who is also in the public eye, had tested positive.
‘So it was something I had to do…my job made me test immediately. It meant putting a lot of people at risk if I had been exposed.’
Elba, who is self-isolating with wife Sabrina, showed no symptoms when he tested positive, but as someone with asthma, the star admits that he is worried about the virus.
He said: ‘Yes, of course I’m worried. I’m worried about having the virus, I’m worried about having asthma and how that can make things really complicated for me really quickly.
’I’m really worried about what’s going on in the world, if I’m honest, I’m worried about how we’re dealing with it.’
Elba is among a number of high profile celebrities who have tested positive for coronavirus.
Last week, it was confirmed that Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson had both tested positive while in Australia, while Bond girl Olga Kurylenko also confirmed she has it.
While This Country’s Charlie Cooper has been showing all of the symptoms of the virus.
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