Idris Elba has announced both he and wife Sabrina have passed the two-week quarantine period after being tested positive for coronavirus.
The actor, 47, took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to share a health update where he told fans they were ‘doing ok’ and still asymptomatic.
Idris, who has been in quarantine in New Mexico after he discovered he had COVID-19 while shooting his new Netflix film, said they are ‘stuck in limbo’ because they can’t get a flight back to the U.K.
‘We’re doing ok’: Idris Elba has announced both he and wife Sabrina have passed the two-week quarantine period after being tested positive for coronavirus
Idris said: ‘What’s up people, just wanted to send you a little update on how we’re doing. We’re both doing ok, still asymptomatic.
‘We’ve passed the quarantine period but we’re stuck in limbo. We can’t get a flight back home so we just have to sit still for a little bit, but other than that we’re ok and we’re so thankful that the worst of this has probably passed.’
Reflecting on being in self-isolation, the Luther star continued: ‘It’s weird because I never sit still, Sabrina never sits still either. I think she’s finding it harder, she’s getting cabin fever.
Also positive: Posting on Twitter on Thursday, the British actor said he and his wife Sabrina, who has also tested positive are ‘still feeling OK’
Interaction: Idris appeared to confirm he had contracted the virus from Canadian Prime Minister’s wife Justin Trudeau Sophie, 44, after the two met earlier this month
‘We’re both good, mentally just trying to stay optimistic. I hope you guys are too man. Keeping yourselves, you know, sane and not getting worried or too panicked.
‘Take it from me man, I thought I was going to see the worst of it as an asthmatic but thankfully I came through and you can too.’
Idris then went on to thank the NHS, as well as encouraging those who are struggling: ‘Big shoutout to everyone who is helping other people, especially the doctors, nurses and health carers who are doing their thing. You lot are amazing and should be fully appreciated.
Feeling good: The actor, 47, took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to share a health update where he told fans they were ‘doing ok’ and still asymptomatic
Homesick: Idris, who has been in quarantine in New Mexico where he was shooting his new Netflix film, said they are ‘stuck in limbo’ because they can’t get a flight back to the U.K
‘To anyone who is going through hard times financially right now, this is going to be a tough time for everyone. Keep your head up.
‘Just a note to say listen I’m still here, I hope you’re good, We’re going to fight this thing.’
Idris closed off the video: ‘Thank you for everyone who has sent their love and thoughts, we really appreciate it. Alright, respect.’
Last Thursday, the star admitted the couple couldn’t wait to return home to London as they are quarantined near to where Idris was filming upcoming Netflix film The Harder They Fall in Sante Fe.
Update: It comes days after Idris tweeted doctors have told him that he and wife Sabrina will become immune to COVID:19 after they tested positive to having the virus
Sharing a selfie, Idris wrote: ‘Hoping everyone is coping with this $@@!! Currently still quarantine.. Sab and I still feel ok so far with no changes. Dr told us that after quarantine we will be immune for a certain time since our antibodies fought this.’
‘At some point we’d like to go home to London. Bsafe.’
Idris also spent time replying to followers, telling one who asked if he had had any symptoms at all: ‘No not really… the day I got tested I had body aches and a headache.’
‘That’s when the person that came up positive, that was the time I got in contact with that person.
‘So essentially, I could have been positive from March 4, but it’s hard to say when I contracted someone with corona, you can contract it at anytime but my known exposure was March 4.’
Message: Idris confirmed he had tested positive for coronavirus in a social media video posted on March 16, with his wife choosing to remain by his side
Idris met Trudeau’s wife Sophie, who has also been tested positive for COVID-19, on 4 March at a We Day UK charity event, in Wembley.
Posing for photos together at the event, the pair were in close proximity to each other, as well as other celebrities such as Lewis Hamilton, and attendees.
Idris then addressed backlash as to why he was tested for COVID-19 after he had ‘no symptoms’ and ‘felt ok’.
‘I am on location about to start filming. The news breaks that this person, who is also in the public eye, has tested positive.’
Idris previously explained he was on location and about to start filming when he got tested: ‘It was definitely something I had to do as I was about to start filming and be around a lot of people,’ he said.
Updates: Idris has been reassuring fans in regular updates that he has been feeling well
‘My job made me test immediately, I had to test anyway, as it meant I was putting a lot of people at risk if I had been exposed. We were lucky to get a test very quickly because of the shortages of the test.
Following Idris’ diagnosis, it was revealed Idris’ wife Sabrina Dhowre-Elba had also tested positive after choosing to remain with her husband in self isolation when he was diagnosed.
Defending their decision to isolate together following The Wire star’s diagnosis, she told Oprah Winfrey ‘I wanted to be with him’ and claimed she felt ‘the instinct of a wife’ to take care of him.