Coronavirus: Kevin Durant, Idris Elba And The Other Celebrities Who Have COVID-19

18 March 2020
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Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for COVID-19

Kevin Durant and three other Brooklyn Nets players are the latest celebrities that have confirmed they have tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Durant is not said to be experiencing symptoms but he told Shams Charania of The Athletic “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this.”

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The Brooklyn Nets issued the following press release:

“The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting. All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff. The health of our players and staff is of the highest priority to the organization and the team is doing everything within its power to ensure that those affected receive the best care possible.”

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Durant joins an ever-growing list of high-profile people who have tested positive for the coronavirus over recent weeks.

Idris Elba posted a video to his Instagram revealing that he had tested positive for the virus after coming into contact with someone who had it. Reporting that he had no symptoms and was doing well, the star of Hobbs & Shaw and Luther urged people to “stay home and be pragmatic.”


At the same time but in an unrelated case, Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju also confirmed he had tested positive for COVID-19. The Norwegian actor who played Tormund Giantsbane in HBO’s Game of Thrones, announced the news on his Instagram. He urged also urged people to keep their distance and wash their hands to helps top the virus’ spread.

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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

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In better news, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who were the first high profile stars to confirm that they had tested positive for COVID-19 have since been released from hospital. Hanks is in Australia shooting a movie about Elvis Presley but the husband and wife are now in quarantine in Queensland.