#Coronavirus: A list of public figures who have tested positive

From actors, athletes to politicians, here's an updated list

Entertainment Desk March 20, 2020
These are some of the public figures who have/had tested positive for coronavirus around the world, compiled from Reuters:

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, were the first Hollywood stars to announce that they had tested positive. The couple contracted the virus in Australia, the actor said on Twitter. He said he fell ill while working on a film.

“Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated,” Hanks tweeted.

They have since left the hospital in Queensland State and are back in the US.


Two Game of Thrones stars had also tested positive. Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju took to Instagram to announce that he has tested positive for coronavirus. He also mentioned that he and his family were under self-isolation.

Another GoT alum, Indira Varma's diagnosis came two days after costar Kristofer Hivju. Varma, who played the role of Ellaria Sand in the iconic HBO series, took to Instagram to share the news. She wrote, “I’m in bed with it and it’s not nice. Stay safe and healthy and be kind to your fellow people.”

Spanish actor Itziar Ituño who plays Inspector Raquel Murillo in popular series Money Heist also revealed that she had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Itziar took to Instagram to share the tragic news.


Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor famously tested positive four times before managing to trump the disease on her sixth test. Kanika had tested positive upon her return from the UK and came under fire for attending parties and possibly infecting more people.

British actor Idris Elba said on March 16 he had tested positive, saying in a Twitter post that he had no symptoms but was isolating himself from others. His location was not known.

Elba said he took the test after discovering he had been exposed to someone with the disease.

“Stay positive. Don’t freak out,” Elba, 47, said in a video accompanying the Twitter post. His wife, Sabrina, was seen in the background, and tested positive days after Elba on March 22.


Pop singer Pink on Friday revealed on April 4 that she and her son Jameson had tested positive for COVID-19 a few weeks ago and have subsequently recovered, reported CNN.

Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for coronavirus but his health “is not a cause for concern”, his office said on March 19.

“Prince Albert is continuing to work from the office in his private apartments,” it said.

NBA basketball player, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has tested positive, the Athletic reported on March 17.

“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” the 10-time NBA All-Star was quoted as saying.

The Nets said on March 17 that four players were isolated and under the care of team physicians after testing positive for coronavirus. They were not identified.


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta also tested positive, the Premier League club said on March 12.

“A number of staff, including Mikel and the men’s first team squad, are currently isolating at home.  We’re pleased to say that Mikel is feeling much better. He’s in good spirits, doing detailed planning with the coaches and speaking to the players regularly,” the club said in a statement on March 19.

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani was the first Serie A soccer player to test positive, the Turin side said on March 11. The 26-year-old Italy international had not shown any symptoms of the virus, the club said in a statement.

“I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinction!” Rugani said on Twitter a day later, reassuring everyone that he was fine.

As of now, several football players at Juventus are infected, including France's 2018 World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi, asymptomatic but in quarantine, and Argentinian attacker Paulo Dybala, who said March 27 he felt "much better", reported AFP.

Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive after displaying “symptoms similar to a mild cold”, the Premier League club said on March 12, adding that all first-team players and coaching staff would self-isolate.

“I’m feeling good and hope to see you all soon,” Hudson-Odoi later said in a video on Twitter.

The deputy head of Japan’s Olympic committee and head of Japan’s soccer association Kozo Tashima tested positive on March 17.

The Japan Football Association (JFA), where Tashima, 62, doubles as the chairman, said he had traveled to Britain, the Netherlands and the United States from late February to early March.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau practiced isolation for two weeks after his wife, Sophie, tested positive for coronavirus on March 12. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau had recently returned from London and experienced flu-like symptoms, the prime minister’s office said.

In a personal note, Sophie said she was “experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus,” adding that she “will be back on my feet soon”.

Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi  tested positive for coronavirus and had been under quarantine, the semi-official news agency ILNA reported on Feb. 25.

Britain's Prince Charles also tested positive for the COVID-19 diseases on March 25. After consultation with his doctor, he is now out of self-isolation and ready to resume meetings and take exercise in accordance with government and medical guidelines.

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