Idris Elba roasted for exposing wife to coronavirus during announcement – VIDEO
Hollywood actor Idris Elba on Monday faced a backlash from his followers online moments after announcing that he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Elba, 47, through Twitter, shared a video with his wife Sabrina Dhowre, beside him. He said his test results showed that he had contracted the virus after getting into contact with some people who had also tested positive. He added that his wife had yet to get tested, which left many of his followers wondering why he recorded the with her if she had not been tested.
He neither wore a mask nor kept the social distance of at least one metre.
Ironically, he encouraged people watching to practise social distancing and be diligent about hand washing, emphasising the point that there are asymptomatic people are out there, like himself.
He said he felt okay and had not exhibited any symptoms of the illness even though he had been quarantined.
“This morning I tested positive for Covid-19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.”
He urged people to stay home and be pragmatic. “I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic,”
This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
“So far, we’re feeling OK. Stay positive and don’t freak out.”
Elba’s announcement came as the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Monday confirmed that 55 people who tested positive in the country for the virus have died.
Elba joins a growing list of celebrities in the entertainment industry who have been contracted the disease.
They include Hollywood spouse Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Ukraine-born actress and model Olga Kurylenko, and Universal Music chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge.
Here are some thoughts from his followers who did not agree with him for sharing his status while his wife was next to him.
Sabrina needs to back up 3 feet and you need to self isolate mate
— Sameena (@Sameena1K) March 16, 2020
Shouldn’t sis get away from him?
— Community ass bitch (@TheQueenSpeaks_) March 16, 2020
If you are positive, and Sabrina has not been tested then why are you anywhere near her?
— Jon B. Wolfsthal (@JBWolfsthal) March 16, 2020
When sis said, “In sickness and in health” she meant it 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/qvhhK51ObP
— Odedra Scrivens 🦋✨ (@odedra_scrivens) March 16, 2020
To the lovely woman behind Mr. Elba-
Ohhhhh girl, PLEASE stop touching your face!!! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/iNQ6SC6kEW
— JustSomeChick (@Just_SomeChick) March 16, 2020
Can anybody explain me what sense these words should make if there is this woman sitting behind him which hasn’t been tested and is touching her face/mouth pretty much all the time? He shouldn’t try to give people advice about it if he’s making every possible mistake himself.
— Christian Blanco (@bushidocombat) March 17, 2020
This is really sad but I think sis should stay distance away, it’s called “self isolation” for a reason.
— Lamarr ❁ (@Kinglamarr___) March 16, 2020
The girl next to him is in danger.
And it is clear that a lot of “no symptoms” patients of #WuhanCoronavirus out there in US right now.
If you don’t wear a mask, you will be the next one. It’s not panic, it’s science!#WearAFuckingMask NOW‼️😷
— Hiro Hamakawa (@hiro_hamakawa) March 17, 2020
Sabrina is way too close, why did she even stay to record this video? pic.twitter.com/DmLuv3sN4e
— eyi, Beyoncé oe! (@Mfumo_B) March 16, 2020
If you have it then why is someone with you in the room?
— I Hate The Media 🇺🇸 (@ihatethemedia) March 17, 2020