In the latest update in the coronavirus pandemic, British actor, Idris Elba, has revealed that he has tested positive for the deadly virus.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to watch Idris' full announcement for yourself...
We are currently in the midst of a medical crisis.
via: Getty ImagesOriginating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.
So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.
via: GettyCoronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death.
A lot of people have now died from the virus...
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.
Things are only getting worse...
via: Getty ImagesAnd nearly every major country in the world has now been affected by the virus.
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.
It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...
via: Getty ImagesAnd there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.
Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's showing no signs of slowing down.
As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...
via: Getty ImagesAnd the United States is now one of them.
The number of cases here in America 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.
And the disease is only expected to continue spreading...
via: Getty ImagesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a few weeks ago that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the United States and has asked Americans to prepare for when the virus hits, not if, CNN reported.
Preparations are underway...
via: Getty ImagesAnd hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.
And for San Francisco, conditions have been deemed as too dire...
via: Getty ImagesAs they became the first U.S. city to declare an official state of emergency even when they had no confirmed cases. Now there are thirty-seven infected people in the state.
And there is a reason for people to really start panicking.
via: Getty ImagesThe BBC reported on the 11th of March that the coronavirus was officially confirmed by the WHO as a pandemic.
Yet, despite all of this...Our President had spent the past couple of days insisting that the coronavirus crisis is "under control".
President Trump has been heavily criticized for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
via: GettyEven by Trump's standards - who has a nasty habit of denialism - this has been pretty shocking.
He has been alarmingly unconcerned about the whole thing...And, instead of addressing it and taking action like other world leaders, he has simply blamed the panic on the "Fake News Media" instead.
At one point, he even compared the pandemic to the common flu.And suggested that, because nowhere closed down over the flu, nowhere should close over the coronavirus.
But finally, President Trump officially declared a national emergency.
via: GettyIn a news conference in Washington today, the President announced that the country is in an official state of emergency regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Better late than never, Donald.
However, there are still people out there that think the President could do with a bit of advice...
He has come forward and said that all American adults deserve $1000 during the pandemic.
Another politician who fully stands behind the idea is none other than Andrew Yang.
What exactly is the political downside of putting money into people’s hands? Get your shit together Congress and do the right thing.— Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸 (@Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸)1584371286.0
After Romney's similar proposal, Yang took to Twitter to post a statement:“Putting money into people’s hands is the obvious thing to do in this situation. I hope Congress wakes up to this before it’s too late. Every day is enormous at this point."
In addition to this, Romney has other ideas he's putting forward.
I mean, these ideas are pretty good, but who is going to fund them?
Because even famous faces couldn't avoid the virus...
And the latest one to catch the virus is British acting legend, Idris Elba.
via: GettyThe actor took to Twitter to reveal that he has indeed tested positive for coronavirus.
He shared a video where he explained his diagnosis.
via: TwitterWhere, accompanied by his wife, Sabrina, he explained, "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.
via: Twitter"This is serious. Now's the time to think about social distancing, washing your hands. Beyond that, there are people out there who aren't showing symptoms, and that can easily spread it. So now's the time to be really vigilant with washing your hands and keeping your distance."
You can watch his full announcement here...
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