Famous English actor Idris Elba has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Elba, in a video posted on his Twitter page said he received his test results on Monday, March 16 and has since placed himself under self-quarantine.

“I got tested because I realize I was exposed to someone who also tested positive,” he said.

“I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus,” he added.

The actor also encouraged fans to wash their hands and to practice social distancing.

He added: “Look we live in a divided world right now…but now is a time for solidarity. Now is a time for thinking about each other. There are so many people whose lives have been affected.”

“Stay home people and be pragmatic,” he wrote.

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Koriema Safi