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POPULAR American actor, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have joined the list of COVID-19 infected persons despite global fight to contain the pandemic.

  This latest development came amidst growing number of celebrities testing positive to the virus across the globe.

According to report, the 63-year-old actor who was in Australia for the production of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, in which Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker contracted the disease while on the assignment.

  “Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” he wrote on Instagram.

  Like Tom Hanks, many celebrities across the globe with their Nigerian counterpart have been plagued by the deadly infection.

Record has it that Kaduna State Governor, Nasri el-Rufai, Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Markinde and currently Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpazu have all tested positive to the virus.

  Mid march, reports went viral of  Idris Elba testing positive to the virus. Announcing that on hisTwitter page, he stated, “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,” the actor said in a video while calling on his fans to be vigilant about washing their hands and remain aware that they may be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19.

  A week after testing positive, his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, also confirmed she had contracted the disease during a FaceTime episode of “Oprah Talks: COVID-19,” according to Apple TV.

  “I could have made the decision to put myself, maybe, in a separate room or stay away but I made the decision to want to be with him and you know, still touch him,” she said.

  Similarly, Nigerian ace musician, Davido witnessed his fiancée, Chioma test positive for Coronavirus.

  Chioma who recently returned from the UK with her baby was in quarantine for 14 days. She was asymptomatic before she was diagnosed with the disease.

  Davido’s statement read, “My fiancé Chioma also came back from London recently with our baby. We had no symptoms and still both feel perfectly fine but because of our recent travel history, we decided to take ourselves and our all close associates we’ve come in recent contact with for the COVID-19 test on the 25th of March.

  “Unfortunately, my fiancé’s results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby.”

A day after Chioma tested positive, the CEO, Universal Music, Lucian Grainge, also tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Hollywood report says the 60-year-old chairman was immediately taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles for treatment.

On the same day Norwegian  actor, Kristofer Hivju, popularly known for his roles in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “The Fate of the Furious,” tested positive for the novel coronavirus and did not hesitate to announce it  on his Instagram.

  The 41-year-old actor opted to self-isolate himself and his family for “as long as the treatment lasted.”

  “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,” he wrote.

  In a hopeful message posted in his Instagram, Singer Charlotte Lawrence admitted testing positive for COVID-19 but did not lose sight of getting better someday again.

  “I am going to be completely fine. But many who get it won’t be if too many people get sick too quickly,” the 19-year-old wrote, adding, “This is me pleading for you all to protect those less able to survive the virus.”

Ms Lawrence continued to encourage her followers to follow all COVID-19 rules to slow the spread of the virus.

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