Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju, known for his role in Game of Thrones, has just revealed on Instagram that he tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. He announced the news on his account on Monday.
His caption reads:
Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. 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. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals. Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy! Please visit your country’s Center for Disease Control’s website, and follow the regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves, but our entire community, and especially those at risk like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions.
Hivju is best known for his role as Tormund Giantsbane in the popular HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones. He has also been cast in the second season of Netflix’s The Witcher.
Hivju Is Not the First Famous Figure to Contract the COVID-19 Coronavirus
The Norwegian is not the first celebrity to contract COVID-19. On March 11, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced on Instagram that they had tested positive for the coronavirus while in Australia. On March 16, Idris Elba announced that he had also tested positive.
The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, contracted the coronavirus on March 12. The mayor of Miami city, Francis Suarez, announced his positive test on March 13. A number of politicians and government officials around the globe have also tested positive.
Two Utah Jazz players in the NBA, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, both tested positive for COVID-19. Gobert was the first to test positive, which led the NBA to suspending play indefinitely.