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‘It sucks’: Idris Elba delivers emotional message after becoming latest celeb to test positive for coronavirus

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch

Idris Elba.

‘We live in a divided world right now. We can all feel it. It’s been bullshit. But now’s the time for solidarity. Now’s the time for thinking about each other.’

That’s just part of the message actor Idris Elba delivered to his 2.7 million followers on Twitter /zigman2/quotes/203180645/composite TWTR +6.35% on Monday after he found out he’d tested positive for coronavirus.

“It sucks,” Elba said in a tweeted video. “I’m doing OK. I didn’t have any symptons.” He said he got tested because he came to learn he’d been exposed to someone who tested positive.

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“Look, this is serious. Now is the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands ... be really vigilant,” he said. “If you’re feeling ill ... do something about it.”

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Last week, actor Tom Hanks was the first to put a celebrity face to the coronavirus pandemic when he announced that both he and his wife, Rita Wilson, tested positive while on a shoot in Australia for an upcoming Elvis Presley biopic.

The number of newly identified COVID-19 cases in the U.S. soared over the weekend, with cities like Los Angeles and New York City and states including Illinois and Ohio moving into near-lockdown mode. There are now 4,110 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., and at least 71 people have died, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University.

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Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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