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How the A-list is coping with Covid-19

When celebrities like Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Idris Elba revealed they'd contracted the virus, they used their platforms to combat stigma around the illness

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Idris Elba announced he had tested positive for coronavirus on Monday (Ian West/PA)

Idris Elba announced he had tested positive for coronavirus on Monday (Ian West/PA)

A-listers: Idris Elba, and Tom Hanks and his wife Rita, all tested positive for Covid-19

A-listers: Idris Elba, and Tom Hanks and his wife Rita, all tested positive for Covid-19

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Idris Elba

Idris Elba had never sounded so serious - not even when shooting down questions about whether he wanted to be the next James Bond.

"Stay positive and don't freak out," the actor told his 2.9 million Twitter followers on Monday. "This morning I got some test results back for coronavirus. And it came back positive. Yeah, and it sucks."

Elba (47) added he was "doing okay" and wasn't experiencing any symptoms. But he was at pains to stress this wasn't a time to give in to fear. It was a time for "solidarity" and for honesty.