International Celebrities With Coronavirus

The total number of new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has increased daily, and some of the most well-known celebrities have tested positive for the illness. 

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were some of the first celebrities to be diagnosed with COVID-19. And Utah Jazz teammates Rudy Gobertand Donovan Mitchell have both tested positive as well, prompting the NBA to suspend the remainder of its season. 

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also tested positive for the coronavirus after speaking at a massive event in London, which Idris Elba attended weeks before testing positive for the illness as well. They have not confirmed that the two cases are connected.

NBA star Kevin Durant and three other players on the Brooklyn Nets tested positive for the coronavirus. Prior to their diagnosis, they played the Los Angeles Lakers on March 10 before the NBA canceled their 2019-2020 season.

Here are all the celebrities who have tested positive for COVID-19 thus far.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson confirmed that they tested positive while they were in Australia.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

The 63-year-old actors were in Australia for the production of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic, in which Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker, when they announced they had the disease.

“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” he wrote on Instagram.

Hanks added, “Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks' will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We'll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!”

Warner Bros., the company distributing the film, released a statement about Hanks and Wilson, who visited two of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia before testing positive for the disease. 

“We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”

Hanks and Wilson departed from the Queensland hospital five days after they announced that they tested positive for COVID-19, as reported by People and Entertainment Tonight on Monday. The couple will continue their quarantine at a home in Australia to prevent spreading the illness to others. 

The NBA suspended its season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus

The game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed on Wednesday night after the Jazz's center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, as reported by ESPN. The 27-year-old athlete was reportedly in Oklahoma City but wasn't present at the arena for the game. 

Following the news, both teams were quarantined in Chesapeake Energy Arena. The City Thunder players left, however, the Jazz players remained in the arena until testing results were finalized. Because the Jazz has come in contact with players from other NBA teams in recent games, 20% of NBA players are facing quarantine. 

Shortly after calling off the game, the NBA released a statement announcing that it would suspend its season after Wednesday's games. 

The statement reads, “The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for the COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight's game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, tonight's game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena. The NBA is suspending gameplay following the conclusion of tonight's schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine the next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

After Gobert's diagnosis was announced, a video from Monday surfaced of the athlete mocking coronavirus precautions by rubbing the microphones at a press conference. His teammates have also suggested that Gobert was “careless in the locker room” and had been “touching other players and their belongings” prior to finding out he has COVID-19.

Donovan Mitchell was the second NBA player to test positive for the illness.
Shortly after Rudy Gobert tested positive, his teammate Donovan Mitchell found out he has the coronavirus as well. 

On Thursday, the Utah Jazz announced that its second player, Donovan Mitchell, has tested positive for the illness. 

“As a follow-up to yesterday's positive COVID-19 test, Oklahoma health officials tested all members of the Utah Jazz traveling party, confirming one additional positive outcome for a Jazz player. We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials, and the NBA to monitor their health and determine the best path moving forward,” the statement reads. 

The 23-year-old athlete was reportedly the only other Jazz player to test positive for the disease, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. 

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. 

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, The New York Times reported.

Justin Trudeau was under self-isolation after his wife starting showing symptoms on Wednesday after a speaking event in the United Kingdom.

“Although I'm experiencing uncomfortable symptoms from the virus, I will be back on my feet soon,” Grégoire Trudeau said in a statement. “Being in quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who might be going through this and for those facing more serious health concerns.”

Olga Kurylenko, a former Bond girl, tested positive for the illness as well.

Olga Kurylenko appeared alongside Daniel Craig in “Quantum of Solace.”

Olga Kurylenko, a 40-year-old Ukranian-born actress, tested positive for COVID-19, according to her Instagram post on Sunday.

Kurylenko, who starred alongside Daniel Craig in the 2008 film “Quantum of Solace,” shared a photo of her window at home along with the news of her diagnosis. 

“Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus. I've actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms,” Kurylenko wrote.

She continued, “Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!” 

Detroit Pistons player Christian Wood has the novel coronavirus and is reportedly asymptomatic.

Christian Wood tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

Christian Wood, a 24-year old center on the Detroit Pistons, is the third NBA player to test positive for the novel coronavirus, as reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania. Charania reported that Wood has shown no symptoms and “is doing well.”

The Pistons released a statement about the athlete's diagnosis on Sunday.

“A player on the Detroit Pistons, who is under the care of team medical staff and in self-isolation since Wednesday night, was tested for COVID-19. A preliminary positive result came back on March 14.  The health and safety of our players, our organization, those throughout our league, and all those potentially impacted by this situation is paramount,” the statement said. 

Although the team hasn't confirmed where he came in contact with the illness, Wood faced off with Rudy Gobert, who was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19, when the Utah Jazz played the Detroit Pistons on March 7. 

Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music, has been hospitalized with the novel coronavirus.
Lucian Grainge tested positive for the coronavirus.

Lucian Grainge, the 60-year-old chairman and CEO of Universal Music, has been hospitalized after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, multiple sources have confirmed to Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. 

The executive is receiving treatment at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Universal Music hasn't released a statement confirming his diagnosis, however fellow industry players have reportedly grown uneasy as Grainge threw a 60th birthday celebration prior to his diagnosis on February 29. Apple CEO Tim Cook, music executive Irving Azoff, and Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue attended the event.

Kristofer Hivju also has COVID-19 but reported “mild symptoms.”

Kristofer Hivju, who is known for his roles on HBO's “Game of Thrones” and in “The Fate of the Furious,” tested positive for the novel coronavirus and announced the news on Instagram on Monday. 

The 41-year-old Norwegian actor said that he and his family would be self-isolating 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,” he wrote. 

Rachel Matthews documented her COVID-19 symptoms and said that tests are “insanely hard to come by.”

Rachel Matthews tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Rachel Matthews, who voiced Honeymaren in “Frozen 2,″ tested positive for the novel coronavirus, she shared on her Instagram story on Monday evening. 

“Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine the last week. Unsure of what the next step is (been getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but will obviously remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise,” the 26-year-old wrote.

The actress continued to break down a day-by-day timeline of her symptoms, which began with a sore throat, headache, and fatigue, adding, “I only got tested because I had been around a confirmed case and had been showing symptoms.”

Matthews didn't elaborate on where she was exposed to the illness but said that tests are “insanely hard to come by.”

“Our country is very behind and we don't have much of a system in place,” she wrote.

At the end of her story, she posted the video of Idris Elba sharing his COVID-19 diagnosis and said, “you can also be a carrier with **no symptoms**.”

Runyararo Makunde

Media and Society Studies Student Journalist for zimtrending Blogger Copywriter

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