Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju announced Monday via his Instagram that he tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The 41-year-old actor is the lasted Hollywood figure who acquired the infectious disease.
Hivju, who is known for playing the character of Tormund on the hit HBO series, shared with his followers his unfortunate diagnosis and noted that he is in self-quarantine with his family in Norway.
“Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Coronavirus. My family and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health—I only have mild symptoms of a cold,” Hivju wrote on Instagram.
He continued his statement by urging everyone “to be extremely careful,” to always practice good hygiene, such as proper handwashing and social distancing, or go on a self-quarantine.
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Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals. Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy! Please visit your country’s Center for Disease Control’s website, and follow the regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves, but our entire community, and especially those at risk like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. @grymolvaerhivju #fightcorona #solidarity #takecare #folkehelseinstituttet Thanks to @panoramaagency
Last week, notable Hollywood stars Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, and Olga Kurylenko also tested positive for COVID-19.
As of press time, COVID-19 has infected around 180,000 people worldwide, with more than 7,100 deaths and thousands of new cases confirmed each day. On the good side, however, around 79,400 patients have recovered from the disease.
—(Source: Hollywood Reporter)