Idris Elba
**FILE** Idris Elba during The Best FIFA Football Awards Show on October 23, 2017 in London, England (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Idris Elba now counts among the more than 170,000 people globally — and at least two Hollywood actors — who’ve contracted the novel coronavirus.

The British actor revealed his status Monday on social media in a video where he, standing alongside his wife Sabrina, stressed the importance of playing it safe.

“This morning I tested positive for Covid-19,” Elba tweeted. “I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. “Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing No panic.”

Elba, who got tested Friday as a precautionary measure after learning a friend who had been exposed tested positive, said he has shown no symptoms.

Elba, 47, who gained notoriety in the early 2000s as Stringer Bell on acclaimed HBO drama “The Wire,” has since acquired numerous roles on the small and big screen. His most recent cinematic appearances include “Cats” and a Marvel film.

Elba’s case follows that of Hollywood veteran Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, who both announced last week that they tested positive for the respiratory illness while in Australia. Meanwhile, actress Olga Kurylenko of James Bond fame also announced Monday that she had contracted the virus.

Coronavirus symptoms include difficulty breathing, runny nose and high fever. As of Monday, health officials have recorded nearly 180,000 cases across the globe, including more than 7,000 deaths.

In the weeks since the outbreak began,  authorities worldwide have declared states of emergency, ceasing public gatherings, limiting international travel and mandating self-quarantines.

Sam P.K. Collins

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