The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across the globe at alarming rates. But the latest star to confirm their diagnosis might be the most surprising yet ...
The COVID-19 coronavirus is currently categorized as a pandemic.
via: GettyThis means it's spreading across the entire world.
The numbers don't lie.
via: Getty ImagesIt has been confirmed by Worldometer that 7,074 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 179,829 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.
A global emergency has been declared.
via: Getty ImagesThe World Health Organization declared an emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.
Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's showing no signs of slowing down, with numbers growing daily in countries around the globe.
The number of cases in the USA is rising...
via: Getty ImagesSo far, 4,102 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and seventy-one have reportedly died.
Things are getting extremely serious.
via: Getty ImagesOn the 11th of March COVID-19 was officially categorized as a pandemic by the WHO.
President Trump has been heavily criticized for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
via: Getty ImagesEven by Trump's standards - who has a nasty habit of denialism - this has been pretty shocking.
But finally, President Trump officially declared a national emergency.
via: Getty ImagesIn a news conference in Washington this weekend, the President announced that the country is in an official state of emergency regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
Alongside the obvious health issues it poses ...
via: ShutterstockCOVID-19 seems to have some totally enormous implications on all aspects of life.
All NBA games have been postponed.
via: ShutterstockAs have huge entertainment events like South by South West and Coachella.
Because there's one thing that really allows coronavirus to thrive.
via: ShutterstockAnd that's gatherings of large crowds. So for the foreseeable future, we're all staying in - and protecting the most vulnerable members of society.
Because even famous faces couldn't avoid the virus...
Hanks shared the news on Instagram.
The next star to share their frightening news?
via: TwitterBritish actor Idris Elba. "I had no symptoms, but I got tested because I realized I was exposed to someone who had also tested positive." "This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. 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 encouraged people to not panic.
via: Twitter"Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I'm doing. No panic."
And he urged his fans to do all they can to prevent spreading the virus.
This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I fo… https://t.co/CpmfaebeyO— Idris Elba (@Idris Elba)1584382706.0