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Idris Elba's wife Sabrina Dhowre-Elba tests positive for coronavirus after refusing to self-isolate

In an interview on Oprah Winfrey on 'Oprah Talks', she said she wanted to be with her husband and added that the couple had calculated the risks
UPDATED MAR 22, 2020
Sabrina Dhowre Elba, Idris Elba (Getty Images)
Sabrina Dhowre Elba, Idris Elba (Getty Images)

A week after Idris Elba tested positive for coronavirus, his wife Sabrina Dhowre-Elba has contracted the virus too. The consequence of the lack of quarantine seems to have taken a toll on them.

In an interview on Oprah Winfrey's new Apple TV+ series 'Oprah Talks', the couple shed light on their decision to be quarantined together in New Mexico. "Actually, I found out this morning, Oprah, that I tested positive," Sabrina told the host on Facetime, and defended herself saying, "I wanted to be with him". She said she felt "the instinct of a wife to take care of him".

Idris said he is "feeling okay", and speaking about being symptomatic he added, "It's interesting and worrying that people are possibly carrying this disease and are seemingly okay, but can spread it easily." Sabrina also said she was feeling "healthy". "I don't feel anything that would come to what people would now expect to be a symptom of coronavirus, which is really strange. It might change in the coming weeks, and we'll keep everyone updated," she said. 

Even as the pair were criticized for not keeping distance, it doesn't seem to affect them. Idris posted a video to address the negative comments and said they had 'calculated the risk'. "As much as we talked about her not coming to where I am, she did and wanted to and I love her even more for it and I would do the same for her," he said, adding, "When something like this is going on in the world, love is all you can get, who am I to turn down my wife's support?"

Idris Elba (Getty Images)

It is believed that Idris contracted the virus when he posed next to Canadian Prime Minister's wife Sophie Trudeau, 44, at the We Day UK charity event in Wembley. According to Daily Mail, when asked, he said, "It's hard to say when I got the disease or when I contracted COVID-19, it's hard to say when. I will say that I know I've been exposed to it from March 4. 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 contacted someone with corona, you can contract it at any time but my known exposure was March 4."

Talking about his lung disease, he said, "I have a respiratory issue and I have had asthma all my life. Catching corona was definitely not on my bucket list at all but even my asthma is OK. Of course I'm worried. I'm worried about having the virus, I'm worried about having asthma and how that could make things really complicated for me really quickly."

Reassuring his followers that he doesn't have the symptoms, he said, "Right now though, I am feeling okay. Woke up this morning, didn't have any symptoms. My voice is a little tired… checking my fever twice a day. Feel good, feel okay. Been doing a lot of reading about it. You know, asymptomatic is what comes up."