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Celebrities affected by coronavirus: from Victoria Beckham to Ronan Keating

COVID-19 has affected the world of showbiz, from Taylor Swift to Riverdale

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Aisha Nozari
Aisha NozariOnline Writer
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Coronavirus continues to make headlines across the world. The virus is believed to have originated in China, but has since been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation. This has understandably had the world on high alert, and even celebrities have been sharing their COVID-19 concerns. But how hard has coronavirus hit the showbiz world? We take a look at all of the celebrities that have been affected by COVID-19 so far, from positive diagnoses to gig cancellations… 

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Tom Hanks

Hollywood couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have shared the news that they have both tested positive for coronavirus. Taking to Instagram, Tom shared a photo of himself and Rita together in Australia, where they are currently in self-isolation, writing: "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."

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The Oscar-winning actor added: "There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx."

Rita shared the same photo on her own Instagram account, adding: "So grateful for the outpouring of prayers, love and support. Means so much and strengthens us."

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Robbie Williams 

Robbie Williams was also recently in Australia, where he was due to perform a one-off show. However, the Angels singer was been forced to cancel his gig after the Australian government announced that all gatherings of more than 500 people should not go ahead. Taking to Twitter, Robbie wrote: "Gutted I'm not able to perform tomorrow in Melbourne."

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Taylor Swift

Superstar Taylor Swift has also been affected by coronavirus-related cancellations. The musician was scheduled to headline Capital One's JamFest in Atlanta on 5 April, however, the festival has since been cancelled. 

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Naomi Campbell 

Naomi Campbell made headlines after she shared several pictures of her extreme COVID-19 precautions on Instagram. Pictured in the airport, she prepared to be in close proximity to her fellow plane passengers by wearing a full hazmat suit alongside a blue face mask and goggles, ensuring not a single part of her skin was exposed. "Safety First NEXT LEVEL," Naomi captioned the post.

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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, has tested positive for coronavirus. She was tested after returning to Canada from London with "mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever". Sophie was in London at the WE Day UK charity event and concert, which was held last week. As a result, Canada's Prime Minister is also self-isolating, despite not displaying any symptoms, "out of an abundance of caution".

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The Riverdale cast

Production of hit Netflix show Riverdale has shut down after a member of the team was exposed to COVID-19. The decision was made after a crew member came into contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus, and the decision to halt filming will hopefully prevent further spread of the virus.

In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, a representative for the show, which is filmed in Vancouver, explained: "We are working closely with the appropriate authorities and health agencies in Vancouver to identify and contact all individuals who may have come into direct contact with our team member. The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is always our top priority. We have and will continue to take precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world."

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John Krasinski and Emily Blunt

John Krasinski confirmed that the release of his much-anticipated film, A Quiet Place II, would be postponed due to coronavirus fears. The release of the second installment of the hit horror, starring his wife Emily Blunt, has been pushed back to an unknown date. Taking to Twitter, The Office star wrote: "One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together. Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that. As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie… I’m gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together! So here’s to our group movie date! See you soon!"

Gwyneth Paltrow 

Coronavirus didn't stop Gwyneth from travelling to France for Paris Fashion Week, but the award-winning actress made sure to cover up her face with what looked to be a particularly heavy-duty black face mask during her flight. The mother-of-two wrote: "En route to Paris. Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda? Paltrow’s just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane. I’ve already been in this movie. Stay safe. Don’t shake hands. Wash hands frequently."

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Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson also took to Instagram to reveal that she'd chosen to wear a face mask while travelling amid the spread of coronavirus. Sharing a selfie in a surgical mask, she simply captioned her social media post: "Travel. 2020."

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Bella Hadid

Seeing as she's one of the most in-demand supermodels in the world, Bella Hadid found herself jetting from city to city during Fashion Week, but made sure to take extra precautions –as she demonstrated on Instagram when she shared a photo of herself in her plane seat with her face covered up by a face mask.

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The British rapper was recently forced to postpone a string of Asian dates due to the spread of COVID-19. Taking to Twitter, the award-winning artist wrote at the time: "I was seriously looking forward to bringing the #HITH world tour to Asia and playing some epic sold-out shows but due to the ongoing health and travel concerns surrounding the coronavirus, I’m regrettably having to reschedule this leg of the tour."

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Ronan Keating

After returning to the UK from a gig in Singapore, the former Boyzone singer announced that he had decided to self-isolate. Since his trip last week, the 43-year-old has been working remotely from home as an "extra precaution". Speaking on the Magic Radio Breakfast Show, Ronan said: "We have to be cautious, we have to be clever about it and it makes total sense. I'm feeling fine."

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Susanna Reid

Good Morning Britain star Susanna Reid has revealed that she has also made the decision to self-isolate for 14 days after one of her teenage sons started displaying a symptom of coronavirus. Susanna confirmed her decision on Twitter on Monday night, writing: "I am currently well but due to the new advice today I will be self-isolating for two weeks due to symptoms in my household. Stay well everyone."

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Karl von Habsburg, the Archduke of Austria

It has been confirmed Karl von Habsburg, the Archduke of Austria, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is now being quarantined. The 59-year-old, who is the head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, confirmed the news in a phone call on the Austrian TV channel oe24. "It's annoying, but I'm fine. It's not the black plague," he said. "I thought it was the usual flu. When a friend called me that he had a positive test at a congress in Switzerland, I was also tested." The Archduke went on to praise the Austrian authorities for acting "with measure and goal". He added: "Panic is not brought in."

David and Victoria Beckham

David Beckham recently flew his family out to Miami to watch his football team, Inter Miami CF, take on his former team LA Galaxy in their opening game of the season. However, due to the impact of COVID-19, football matches have been suspended for 30 days, meaning that the game couldn't go ahead. Determined to make the most of a bad situation, the Beckham family still went to visit the newly-built Miami CF stadium, and shared photos from their day together on social media. Victoria posted a group shot on Instagram, and wrote alongside it: "So proud of @davidbeckham and team DB!!!! @intermiamicf Xxxx Kisses."

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James Jordan

James Jordan has revealed he is "struggling" to cope with the pressure of looking after his ill father, newborn baby and his wife Ola Jordan amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Taking to his Twitter page on Tuesday, the former Strictly Come Dancing star - who became a first-time dad last week - wrote a heartfelt message, warning his followers to stay safe. "Trying to juggle a new born with wife who is still recovering, my dad in hospital and the coronavirus," he tweeted. "I would like to think I'm a strong person but I'm going to admit it's the most stressful time of my life."

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Dr Zoe Williams

This Morning star Dr Zoe Williams has revealed that she is self-isolating after suffering from symptoms of the coronavirus. Appearing on Tuesday's show via video link, the GP and regular This Morning contributor explained to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that as well as feeling the usual symptoms of the virus, she felt like she "had a cold" and was "near the end" of the illness, with 11 days to go in isolation. 

"I'm young, I'm healthy, I very rarely get sick, I very rarely get unwell, so my experience with this illness has been that it's been a relatively mild illness," she said. "Don't get me wrong it's knocked me off my feet for a couple of days, I wouldn't have been able to work and function, but you know it's not the worst thing in the world. Of course the people who are older or have underlying health conditions, their experience may well be very different, but it's reassuring that it's not that bad." 

Jessica Mulroney 

Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney celebrated her 40th birthday at the weekend – but her celebrations were muted in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Canadian stylist took to Instagram Stories to reveal to followers how she had spent the landmark occasion, writing: "Quarantine birthday is the new rage and I'm not mad about it." It's not known if Jessica is herself displaying symptoms of the virus, but she is close friends with Sophie Trudeau – wife of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau – who is currently in self-isolation after testing positive.

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Idris Elba 

Idris Elba also announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Taking to his Twitter page to share a two-minute-long video, the 47-year-old reassured his fans by saying he felt "ok" and doesn't have any symptoms "so far". His tweet read: "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."

Encouraging his followers to stay safe, he added: "Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I'm doing. No panic." In the accompanying video, the Luther star said he was tested after he discovered a person he had recent contact with had tested positive for COVID-19. "There are so many people whose lives have been affected, from those who have lost people they love, to people that don't even have it and have lost their livelihoods," he explained. "This is real."

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Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine Kelly has admitted she is worried about her parents in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The ITV presenter shared her concerns with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid during her live link-up on Good Morning Britain. "You know I'm usually a stoic and it takes a lot to get me nonplussed but I have had a few wobbles and I am really worried about my mum and dad," she told the duo. "Because is it better for me to not go and see them, because my dad's really high risk? Do I then not go and see them? I don't know..."

Dr Hilary was on hand to advise the star, telling Lorraine: "I'm visiting my mum, she's 93, she's had respiratory problems in the past. So will my brothers. But if we've got symptoms we won't. We've got the telephone, we've got the Internet. There are messages you can have with your elderly. And of course if we're worried about them we'll get deliveries if necessary. Life has to go on." 

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Ariana Grande 

The megastar took to Twitter to condemn anyone not taking self-isolation advice seriously, and urged her millions of followers to think of others before going out, writing: "I keep hearing from a surprising amount of people statements like 'This isn’t a big deal'… it is incredibly selfish and dangerous to take this situation that lightly. The 'We will be fine because we're young' mindset is putting people who aren’t young and/or healthy in a lot of danger. You sound stupid and privileged and you need to care more about others. Like now."

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Billie Eilish

The multi-Grammy award-winning artist has asked her 57 million Instagram followers not to "hang out", go to the club, or visit the beach, adding that they should think of their more vulnerable relatives. The Bad Guy singer wrote on her Instagram Stories: "We've seen a lot of young people out in the world, all over the place, going to the club or going to the beach or just going out and hanging out, and it’s really irresponsible. Please take responsibility for your endurance of this."

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Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne was seen shopping over the weekend with her girlfriend, Ashley Benson, and their close friend, model Kaia Gerber. The trio donned rubber gloves for the occasion, making sure that they minimised spreading germs as much as possible. Cara and Ashley have also kept their followers updated with their self-isolation efforts, sharing multiple Instagram videos of themselves messing around and singing in TikTok videos. 

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