Idris Elba says he has shown no symptoms after positive Covid-19 test

Idris Elba says he has shown no symptoms after positive Covid-19 test

Idris Elba has said he is not showing symptoms for Covid-19 after testing positive for the virus, as he shared a message of encouragement with fans.

Earlier this month the actor said he would be self-isolating with his wife Sabrina Dhowre after doctors told him he had been infected.

He said that although their period of self-isolation following their diagnosis had come to an end, they are "a little bit stuck" and unable to fly home.

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BEVERLY HILLS, LOS ANGELES, CA, USA - FEBRUARY 24: Sabrina Dhowre and Idris Elba arrive at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
Sabrina Dhowre and Idris Elba at the 76th Golden Globe Awards during the red carpet arrivals held at the Beverly Hilton on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Sthanlee Mirador/Sipa USA)
Sabrina Dhowre and Idris Elba at the 76th Golden Globe Awards during the red carpet arrivals held at the Beverly Hilton on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Sthanlee Mirador/Sipa USA)
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre attending the premiere of Yardie at the BFI Southbank, London. Picture date: Tuesday August 21st, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
May 19, 2018; Windsor, England, UK; Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre at George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Mandatory Credit: Jason Dawson/Newsquest/USA TODAY NETWORK /Sipa USA **NO TABLOIDS**
Sabrina Dhowre (left) and Idris Elba arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
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Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre walking on the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Heavenly Bodies : Fashion and the Catholic Imagination held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, on May 7, 2018. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre attend CARTIER Bold & Fearless Red Carpet on April 5, 2018 at Pier 48 in San Francisco, CA. (Photo by Drew Altizer)
Sabrina Dhowre and Idris Elba attends a private view of Ferrari: Under the Skin at The Design Museum, London.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre attend the "The Mountain Between Us" Premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thompson Theatre, in Toronto, Canada, on September 9 2017.
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In a video posted on Twitter, he said: "We are both doing OK, still asymptomatic and we have passed the quarantine period.

"But we are a little bit stuck in limbo.

"We can't get a flight back home so we will just have to sit still a little bit, but other than that we are OK and we are so thankful for that."

He said that the period had been "weird" because both he and his wife never usually "sit still".

He added: "But we are both good mentally, trying to stay optimistic.

"I hope you guys are too, man, keeping yourselves sane and not getting too worried and panicked.

"Take it from me, man, I thought I was definitely going to see the worst of it as an asthmatic but thankfully I came through and you can too."

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Elba praised healthcare workers in the video (Matt Crossick/PA)

He also praised healthcare workers who are helping with the response to the virus.

"You lot are amazing and should be fully appreciated," he said.

He also told people going through financial hardship as a result of the virus to "keep your head up".

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Daniel Dae Kim, Olga Kurylenko and US talk show host Andy Cohen are among the other celebrities who have tested positive for the virus.

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