Topline: Novel coronavirus is everywhere—with a 40% spike in positive cases yesterday; this is a list of celebrities who have announced they’ve tested positive for it.
- Prince Albert II of Monaco: tested positive yesterday, according to a statement from the Palace parlayed to CNN.
- Kevin Durant: The Basketball-turned-investor mogul announced he had Covid-19 two days ago
- Arielle Charnas: The social media influencer announced to her 1.3 million followers on Wednesday that she was experiencing symptoms of coronavirus and was having a hard time finding testing—then she was able to get test yesterday, which resulted positive, and documented the experience on Instagram
- Irdis Elba: The actor best known for his roles in TV shows ‘The Wire’, ‘Luther’ and for playing Nelson Mandela in Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, announced on Twitter that he tested positive for Covid-19. Though he bore no symptoms, he came into contact with someone who tested positive on Tuesday—likely Sophie Gregiore Trudeau, and thus the actor sought the test, according to CNN.
- Kristopher Hivju: Perhaps best known as Tormund Giantsbane, the Game of Thrones star tested positive for Covid-19 four days ago.
- Olga Kurylenko: Bond girl Kurylenko tested positive for the virus five days ago
- Donovan Mitchell: A Utah Jazz teammate of early Covid-19 Rudy Gobert, announced that he had tested positive for the virus, despite experiencing no symptoms.
- Sophie Gregiore Trudeau: The Canadian Prime Minister’s wife tested positive for novel coronavirus six days ago, and Justin Trudeau announced he would go into 14 days of self-isolation to prevent the spread
- Francis Suarez: The mayor of Miami announced that he tested positive for novel coronavirus last Thursday and posted this opinion piece on the New York Times, discussing his isolation from his wife and children and decision to shut restaurants, nightclubs etc. amid the coronavirus crisis, saying, “While this may seem inconvenient in the short term, it can make all the difference in the long run. We must practice social isolation now to flatten the curve.”
- Rudy Gobert: The Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19 earlier on March 11, a key factor in the NBA’s hiatus.
- Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson: Both tested positive on March 11, becoming the first Hollywood a-listers to confirm they had the virus
Background: Celebrities and wealthy people have a significantly easier time accessing coronavirus testing, according to The New York Times. The shortage and failures of Covid-19 testing has been well-documented by national media and individuals on social media.