9 Famous Cases of Coronavirus
Like it or not, we all care about celebrities and what they are doing in their lives and can’t help but read news stories about what they are up to to escape what is happening in our real lives. Sadly with the outbreak of COVID-19 halting movie productions, sporting events and political engagements, the number of celebrity tales has diminished in recent weeks.
The number of cases of coronavirus around the world is slowly approaching 800,000 with deaths over 35,000. And from what we’ve seen in the media since early March, no one is immune with several high profile names being reported as testing positive. Here are 9 famous cases of coronavirus.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
One of the biggest early high profile cases of coronavirus occurred on March 11th when Hollywood star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson revealed that they contracted the virus while on set in Australia. Following a five-day stay at a Queensland hospital, the couple self-isolated for two in their rented Australian home before returning to the United States on March 27th.
Along with most sporting leagues in the world the NBA season was suspended following the spread of the virus and a number of confirmed cases. The first player to be tested positive was Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert who got into hot water for previously joking about the severity of the situation by purposely touching press conference microphones. He has since apologised and pledged to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus.
European football is a big money business and leads to a lot of players, fans and owners travelling across the continent. Following a visit from Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, some days later Arsenal manager Mikel Artera announced that he had tested positive leading to the suspension of all major football events in the UK and Arteta self-isolating, which reportedly has led to an upturn in health.
On March 12th, the wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus after returning from a brief trip to the U.K. According to an official statement from the prime minister’s office, she and her husband were to self-isolate for a period of two weeks for the safety of them both, those she came into contact with and the people of their country.
British actor and musician Idris Elba shared a video via Twitter on March 16th to announce that he had tested positive for coronavirus. While he claimed to show no symptoms at the time, he decided to go for testing after discovering he was exposed to someone who had been diagnosed with the virus. He also urged viewers to take up global solidarity and social distancing to combat the spread of the virus.
Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who recently was found guilty of rape and sexual assault and sentenced to 23 years in prison, was tested positive on March 23rd. As a result, as well as remaining in solitary confinement, Weinstein will also remain in quarantine to isolate him for as many individuals as possible to limit the risk of spreading the virus.
A spokesperson for the heir to the British throne announced on March 25th that Prince Charles had tested positive for the coronavirus and was displaying mild symptoms, despite claims by the Queen that he had seemed in good health just weeks prior. His wife Camilla was tested soon after and found to be negative and the who are now isolating together in Scotland.
Following daily press conferences reporting on the situation within the UK for several weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed via Twitter that he himself was also positive. In his video message he stated “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.”
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