The four-time Golden Globe nominee and five-time Emmy nominee took to Twitter to update his fans on March 16, saying despite his positive test, he was feeling okay.
"I have no symptoms so far, but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus," he tweeted. "Stay home, people, and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I'm doing. No panic."
Model and actress Sabrina Dhowre, Idris's wife, hasn't been tested yet, but he says she feels "okay" so far. He said he was prompted to get tested after finding out someone he knew had coronavirus.
"Now is the time to start thinking about social distancing, washing your hands," he continued in the video clip accompanying his tweet. "Beyond that there are people out there who aren't showing symptoms, and that can easily spread it. So now is the time to be really vigilant about washing your hands, and keeping your distance."
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. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
Idris's diagnosis comes just as Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson – the first two A-listers to test positive – were reportedly released from hospital. The two had been receiving treatment and were in isolation at Gold Coast University Hospital, but were released early this week. They're said to be staying in a house in Australia in quarantine as they continue to recover.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, remains in isolation after being diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. He's been self-isolating with her to help prevent the spread of the disease.
As of this writing, there have been more than 168,000 cases of coronavirus in 148 countries. Health Canada data says 324 of those cases have been in Canada. The illness has caused more than 6,600 deaths worldwide.