Kristofer Hivju, the actor best known for his role as the Tormund Giantsbane on the hit fantasy television series Game of Thrones, has tested positive for coronavirus.
The 41-year-old Norweigan actor, who is also well known for playing to role of Connor Rhodes in The Fate of the Furious, took to social media to confirm the news.
“Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, coronavirus,” Hivju wrote. “My family 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.”
He added: “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!”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of 16 March, more than 173,000 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 6,600 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 150 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.