Famous people who contracted the deadly novel coronavirus
Mar 16, 2020,
Updated Mar 16, 2020, 9:31 PM IST
The deadly coronavirus has claimed more than 6000 lives so far. Among those infected are some actors, politicians and sports stars too who have declared they have contracted the virus. From the deputy health minister of Iran to Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, here are the public figures who have been hit by the virus and are being treated.
Ukrainian-born model and actor Olga Kurylenko, who featured as the sultry Bond girl in 'Quantum of Solace' has tested positive for COVID-19. The actor broke the news on Instagram on Sunday. In a post, she mentioned that she had been ill for "almost a week". "I have actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously", she added.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Actor and wife
'The Forest Gump' actor Tom Hanks, announced on Twitter that both he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had tested positive for COVID-19 and were in isolation. Hanks was in Australia when he was diagnosed with COVID-19. He was shooting for an upcoming biopic on Elvis Presley.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's wife
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has tested positive for novel coronavirus. She developed symptoms like fever and flu in Canada where she attended a Women Empowerment event at London's Wembley Stadium. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Gregoire Trudeau had tested positive and was ready to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. He continues to conduct business and meetings through digital channels.
Home Affairs Minister, Australia
The Federal Government frontbencher tested positive for COVID- 19. A statement was released by the ministry of home affairs on March 13. He described how he woke up with a temperature and sore throat. He immediately contacted the Queensland Department of Health and got himself tested for COVID-19. "I feel fine and will provide an update in due course", he added in the statement.
Health minister, UK
UK junior health minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has also been diagnosed with COVID-19. Ms Dorries showed symptoms the day she attended an event hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Before keeping herself in self-isolation, she met hundreds of people in Westminster over the past week. On March 11, she took to her official Twitter account to thank her well-wishers.
"Thanks for so many good wishes. It's been pretty rubbish but I hope I'm over the worst of it now. More worried about my 84 year old mum who is staying with me and began with the cough today. She is being tested tomorrow. Keep safe and keep washing those hands, everyone", she wrote.
Deputy health minister, Iran
Iran's deputy health minister also tested positive for the novel coronavirus as the country struggled to contain the pandemic. He confirmed that he contracted the virus and put himself in isolation the day after he looked visibly feverish while addressing the press conference. Iraj Haririchi also took to social media acknowledging that he had caught the virus. He also shared a video of himself in isolation.
Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player who tested positive for COVID-19, was recently seen apologising for not taking the virus "more seriously". The Utah Jazz All-Star centre took to NBA's official Twitter account and posted a video of his, providing updates to his fans. In the video, the NBA player announced that he had been feeling a little better every day. He also reminded people to keep themselves safe by washing hands and not touching their faces. He urged people to avoid unnecessary meetings with others. Gobert has also donated a whopping $5,00,000 to help people diagnosed with the disease. An amount of $2, 00,000 was also donated to part-time employees whose jobs got affected due to NBA's decision to suspend the season. He also donated $1, 00,000 to help support coronavirus-related services in Utah and Oklahoma City.
Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for COVID-19 just after his teammate Rudy Gobert contracted the virus. He has been in self-isolation at home where he is spending his time playing video games. He took a moment to provide updates about his well-being to his fans via NBA's official twitter handle."I'm feelin' fine. Just taking proper precautions. I've been told by the health authorities that I've got to stay in isolation. So I'm solo in here, playing video games all day. Can't wait to get out there on the floor and play in front of the best fans in the world. I really miss playing in front of you guys." he said in the video. Mitchell will be spending a couple of weeks in isolation.
Italian football club Juventus on March 12, 2020 announced that one of the defenders from the team, Daniele Rugani, has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus. Rugani, football player from the country's top Italian national team, is the first player in the team to have tested positive for the virus. Rugani, along with the ones he contacted, have been put in quarantine.