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Idris Elba's wife tests positive for Covid-19

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Actor Idris Elba's wife Sabrina Dhowre has revealed that she has tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) after choosing to remain close to her husband, who revealed his diagnosis last week.

The 30-year-old made her comments in a joint webcam interview with the actor on Oprah Winfrey's Apple TV+ series Oprah Talks.

The couple are currently self-isolating in an undisclosed location in New Mexico, where Mr Elba had been filming his latest movie, The Harder They Fall.

"I found out this morning I tested positive," Dhowre told Winfrey. "I'm not surprised. As soon as I heard Idris was possibly exposed, I mean I was on my way anyway, and I wanted to be with him. I think that's an instinct as a wife. You just wanna go and take care."

"We didn't change the way we interact," she continued. "I could have made a decision to put myself maybe in a separate room or stay away and I'm sure that people are making those decisions and they're tough decisions to make, but I made the decision to want to be with him and, you know, still touch him."

Elba said, "On the alleged day of exposure, we were together at at any point then, and prior to us knowing, exposure was- if I'd caught it, she'd certainly caught it in that time period as well."

Neither the 47-year-old actor nor his wife have reported severe symptoms directly related to the coronavirus, which affects the respiratory system.

He said they were currently asymptomatic, after remaining in self-quarantine for almost two weeks.

Elba told Winfrey on her show that he was concerned about how his asthma, which puts him in a high-risk category, and about whether he may have infected others before self-isolating.

"In the time period from my exposure, which is March 4, I was around my son, his nanny, my friends, I was around my mother, I was around my wife, one of her friends and then I did my whole journey to New Mexico to my work, I bought a guitar while I was here, and not to mention that the actors and the people that I've worked with in rehearsals," he said.

"So far, everyone that I've spoken to who I have been exposed to is fine," he added.

Meanwhile, the actor and his wife are making the most out of their situation—they are spending time cleaning, cooking, playing chess, checking in with family, friends and with each other, and being creative.

Mr Elba was one of the first well-known celebs to contract the virus amid the ongoing pandemic after Tom Hanks revealed days earlier that he and wife Rita Wilson were infected.