Coronavirus: The famous people who have tested positive for COVID-19

The coronavirus has infected more than a million people across the world, as cities are locked down, schools are closed and families self-isolate in their homes.

Thousands of people have died after testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The virus has also made its way into the worlds of sport, film, politics and royalty. Here we take a look at some of the noteworthy figures who have the illness or have contracted it and recovered.

Arts and entertainment


Singer Pink demanded more COVID-19 testing in the US as she revealed she had contracted the virus on 4 April.

In an Instagram post, the star described the illness as "serious and real" and said it affects the "young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor".

She described current testing efforts as a "travesty" and urged people to stay at home.

The singer said her son, Jameson, three, had also had symptoms of the disease.


Magician Dynamo, who has underlying health conditions, revealed he had suffered "severe symptoms" of COVID-19.

The TV star suffers from both Crohn’s disease and arthritis, putting him at a greater risk of becoming seriously ill.

He said he had tested positive after taking a private test due the fact he was considered high risk.

In a video message posted on 2 April, he warned: "This illness can effect anyone, it doesn’t discriminate and it can present itself in many different ways. We’re all genuinely at risk."

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

The Hollywood couple said they were taking it "one day at a time" in quarantine after contracting the coronavirus in Australia.

Hanks and Wilson, both 63, confirmed they had tested positive for the disease on 12 March.

In an Instagram post, Hanks wrote: "Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us.

"We have COVID-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness."

They later posted to say they had both recovered and returned home.

Idris Elba

The British actor confirmed he had contracted COVID-19 on Twitter on 17 March.

The actor said he felt fine and had no symptoms, but had been isolated since he found out that he may have been exposed to the virus.

In a tweet he said: "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."

George Alagiah

The BBC newsreader confirmed he had tested positive for the virus but said he thought he had had a "mild dose".

Alagiah, 64, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in April 2014 and again in December 2017, and said going through that had helped him fight his latest illness.

"I don’t want to trivialise because I seem to have had a mild dose, but actually, the very fact that we (cancer patients) are living with cancer I think gives us an edge," he said in an interview on 1 April.

"We’ve confronted those difficult, dark moments in our life."

Linda Lusardi

The actress and former model said she had "never felt this ill" after both she and her husband contracted the virus.

On 19 March, she posted on Twitter: "I want to thank you all for your good wishes. Sam and I have had COVID-19 symptoms and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time, that’s all we can do.

"But let me tell you we’ve never felt this ill, EVER!"

She later confirmed they had both tested positive and said the NHS had saved her life.

Donna Air

The actress revealed she has tested positive for coronavirus on social media on 31 March, and said she had donated tests to NHS workers.

The 40-year-old said she had suffered from "mild flu-like symptoms" but that these quickly improved.

Aware of "what a privilege it is to be able access tests privately", Air said she had also donated some to friends who are health workers.

Paul Chuckle

The 72-year-old – who was part of comedy duo The Chuckle Brothers – said he had been "laid-up" with mild symptoms but they were "not nice".

In a video message posted on Twitter on 30 March, Chuckle, whose real name is Paul Elliott, said: "I have been laid up with COVID-19 for a good few days, just mild, but it was there and it’s not nice, I promise you, so please, please stay inside.

"We’re all going stir-crazy, we know that, but please stay inside and take the pressure off the NHS, Marie Curie, etc, etc.

"Please, please, stay in guys and enjoy as best you can."

Harvey Weinstein

A US federal prison union official said on 23 March that the disgraced film producer had tested positive for COVID-19.

The former Hollywood mogul was placed in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison east of Buffalo, New York.

A lawyer for Weinstein, Imran Ansari, said his legal team had not been notified of the diagnosis.

Marianne Faithfull

The singer-songwriter’s agent confirmed on 4 April that she was in hospital being treated for COVID-19.

Francois Ravard said the 73-year-old was in a stable condition and "responding to treatment" in a London hospital.

Mr Ravard said: "She is stable and responding to treatment, we all wish her well and a full and speedy recovery."

Olga Kurylenko

The Bond girl said she had tested positive for coronavirus in a message posted on Instagram on 15 March, urging fans to take the illness seriously.

The Ukrainian-born French actress, who starred in Quantum Of Solace, said: "Locked up at home after having tested positive for coronavirus.

"I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!"

Kristofer Hivju

Games of Thrones star Hivju, who played the wildling warrior Tormund Giantsbane, self-isolated with his family after contracting the illness.

He wrote in an Instagram post on 16 March: "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."

Andy Cohen

The 51-year-old Watch What Happens Live presenter wrote on Instagram on 20 March, saying he had been in quarantine after feeling ill for "a few days" and been diagnosed with the virus.

He added: "I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves."

Fiona Phillips

Former GMTV host Fiona Phillips tweeted on 20 March to say she had symptoms including a sore throat and dry cough but was "fine" and "not suffering".

Phillips, 59, tweeted: "I am in bed with #coronvirusuk It’s not a very pleasant bedfellow, but nothing more than sore throat, dry cough, headache and tiredness. As long as it stays that way….DON’T panic!"

Mark Prendergast

Kodaline guitarist Mark Prendergast told Irish radio station RTE 2fm on 24 March that he had a "very, very dry cough" and had tested positive.

"I’d never had a cough like it before… I was a little bit panicked," he said.

"Maybe three, four days later I got a fever that lasted for four or five days. Overall my experience wasn’t as bad as it can get. So I’m kind of lucky."

Placido Domingo

Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo, 79, announced that he had tested positive for the virus on 23 March.

A week later, he played down media reports that he had been taken to hospital in Mexico, saying he was at home and feeling fine.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the tenor said there had been "a lot of confusing and incorrect information about my current health condition (that) has been circulated in social networks and in the press.

"I am at home and I feel fine," he said.

Domingo is one of the world’s best known classical music stars but his reputation has been tarnished in recent months by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct involving female singers, musicians and backstage staff.


Prince Charles

Clarence House confirmed that the 71-year-old heir to the throne had been diagnosed in a statement released on 25 March.

In a video message a few days later, the Duke of Cornwall praised the "remarkable NHS".

He has since completed his period of isolation at Birkhall in Aberdeenshire.

In his message, the royal said: "As we are all learning, this is a strange, frustrating and often distressing experience when the presence of family and friends is no longer possible and the normal structures of life are suddenly removed.

"At such an unprecedented and anxious time in all our lives, my wife and I are thinking particularly of all those who have lost their loved ones in such very difficult and abnormal circumstances, and of those having to endure sickness, isolation and loneliness."

Prince Albert II of Monaco

The 62-year-old reigning monarch confirmed he had tested positive for the virus on 19 March.

However, a palace statement said his health was not worrying and he has since recovered.


Mikel Arteta

Arsenal’s head coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus and self-isolated in line with government guidelines.

He wrote on Twitter on 13 March: "Thanks for your words and support. Feeling better already. We’re all facing a huge and unprecedented challenge. Everyone’s health is all that matters right now."

Callum Hudson-Odoi

The Chelsea winger was confirmed to have tested positive on 13 March.

In a video message on Twitter, he said he had been self-isolating and had recovered from the disease.

"Thank you for all your good wishes," he said to fans.


Boris Johnson

The prime minister’s coronavirus diagnosis was confirmed on 27 March.

On 5 April, he was admitted to hospital for tests after continuing to display symptoms.

The following day, Downing Street said he was in "good spirits" after a "comfortable" night.

His spokesman declined to give any details of the treatment Mr Johnson received.

Matt Hancock

The health secretary said he had lost half a stone while he was ill with coronavirus.

His diagnosis was also confirmed on 27 March, and he came out of isolation a week later.

Describing the effects of the disease, he told Sky News: "It is rough, especially when you are on the downhill part of it – it’s very worrying because we’ve all seen how serious it can get.

"I had a couple of days when it was really very unpleasant and I’ve lost about half a stone.

"But, thankfully, I’ve recovered and I’m now feeling fine and it’s very good to be back at work."

Nadine Dorries

The health minister became the first MP with a confirmed case after she revealed she had tested positive on 11 March.

Two weeks later, she was applauded as she returned to the Commons after her recovery.

Michel Barnier

The European Union’s chief negotiator for its future relationship with Britain after Brexit confirmed he had coronavirus on 19 March.

Mr Barnier tweeted that he is doing well and is in good spirits.

He wrote: "I am following all the necessary instructions, as is my team.

"For all those affected already, and for all those currently in isolation, we will get through this together."

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