IDRIS ELBA SAYS HE HAS CORONAVIRUS – (03/17/2020)
Idris Elba is the latest A-lister to test positive for coronavirus. He shared the news in a tweet, writing: “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.”
Elba got tested after learning that he was exposed to someone who tested positive. He noted that transparency is essential when it comes to this pandemic: “This is serious. Now is the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands… Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now.”
Elba has joined a growing list of celebs with coronavirus, including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Olga Kurylenko and Universal Music chief Lucian Grainge. There are about 180,000 cases worldwide, with more than 7,000 deaths.
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RICHARD WILKINS CALLS OUT RITA WILSON & TOM HANKS FOR CORONAVIRUS, THEY GET RELEASED – (03/17/2020)
Australian journalist Richard Wilkins says he has coronavirus just days after meeting with Rita Wilson. She and husband Tom Hanks were in quarantine in a hospital in Queensland, Australia after being diagnosed.
“I bet Tom and Rita feel bloody terrible,” Nine Network entertainment editor Richard Wilkins said after confirming he contracted COVID-19.
He was told Sunday of his diagnosis. Hanks and Wilson shared their diagnosis publicly on Wednesday. Wilkin’s son, Christian Wilkins, a celebrity starring on the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars is also being tested.
“We’re assuming this is from Rita, but it may not be. They’ve all said it could be anyone, anywhere, any time, such is the prevalence of this thing,” Wilkins said, adding, “The ripple effect of this thing is enormous. I pray to God that nobody else has got it from me.”
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Hanks and Wilson, meanwhile, have left the hospital, People reports, after doctors determined they were no longer contagious.
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UNIVERSAL MUSIC CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE HAS CORONAVIRUS: Just a few weeks after throwing a star-studded 60th birthday bash with celebs like Kris Jenner and James Corden in attendance, Universal Music CEO Sir Lucian Grainge has tested positive for coronavirus, he shares. Page Six reports that his diagnosis has rattled Hollywood and the many moguls, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, legendary music manager Irving Azoff, British billionaire Philip Green, top entertainment attorney Allen Grubman and Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, who were in attendance.
BEBE REXHA SAYS A FRIEND OF A FRIEND HAS DIED FROM CORONAVIRUS – (03/17/2020)
Bebe Rexha has revealed that a friend of a friend has passed away from coronavirus at the young age of 45.
The singer is urging her fans to stay inside during this pandemic to help prevent the spread of the disease. While the virus affects mostly people who are elderly or have underlying conditions, the respiratory illness has taken the lives of some healthy young people as well.
“This is NOT A JOKE. A friend of a friend just died of corona at the age of 45,” she wrote. “STAY INSIDE YOUR F*CKIN HOUSE AND DO YOUR CIVIC DUTY. PLEASE.”
In a separate tweet, Rexha offered her opinion on how the government could help Americans, tagging Donald Trump directly.
“The US government should put a stop to rent payments, mortgage payments and utility payments at least until the corona virus is under control. Millions of Americans are worried about keeping their jobs and their homes instead of staying safe.”
The singer then offered some assistance to a few followers that are struggling financially, pledging to send them money via Cashapp.
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HILARY DUFF SLAMS MILLENNIALS WHO PARTY DURING OUTBREAK – (03/17/2020)
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Hilary Duff has had it. The 32-year-old hit up Instagram Stories to complain about the people who are still out and about, despite the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
She wrote: “To all you young millennial a**holes that keep going out and partying, go home, stop killing old people, please.”
Prior to the post, she also copped to feeling a bit stir-crazy. Duff asked followers: “Guys, what shows to watch right now? We finished [Netflix’s] Love Is Blind. It was amazing. But what are we going to do? I’m not excited about anything right now. Do we dare watch Game of Thrones again? Maybe. Are we going to be stuck at home that long? Maybe.”
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