The coronavirus pandemic has spread to 146 countries with the worldwide death toll from the virus surpassing the 7,000 mark on Monday.
Among the more than 179,000 cases recorded globally are government officials, celebrities and sports personalities as authorities around the world grapple to contain the spread of the virus.
High-profile events including the annual Met Gala – often referred to as fashion’s biggest night out – will not take place. The gala has been postponed indefinitely from its scheduled first Monday of May, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, British actor Idris Elba, and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, are some of the best-known faces to be infected so far.
Who are others affected?
Government officials, spouses:
Jeremy Issacharoff: Israel’s ambassador to Germany has been tested positive for the coronavirus, Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement March 17. The Israeli diplomat at the Embassy in Berlin were reported to have contracted the virus, following a meeting with a deputy from the Federal Assembly of Germany, whose name was not mentioned.
Friedrich Merz: The 64-year-old politician, who has been campaigning to lead the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) at a congress planned for this year, said on Twitter on March 17 that he tested positive for coronavirus and was under self-quarantine at home.
Kozo Tashima: The head of Japan’s football association tested positive for the virus on March 17. Tashima is also deputy head of Japan‘s Olympic Committee.
Nadine Dorries: A minister in the United Kingdom’s health department was the first British politician to test positive on March 10.
Peter Dutton: The Australian home affairs minister is under quarantine in hospital after contracting the virus.
Massoumeh Ebtekar: The Iranian vice president is the country’s top government official to be infected by the virus, which has also affected several senior officials in the country. Iraj Harirchi, Iran’s deputy health minister, is also stricken. Iran is the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau: On March 12, the wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19 following a trip to the United Kingdom. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau announced that she had tested positive, saying she planned to remain in isolation for the next two weeks, together with her husband. Gregoire Trudeau’s symptoms have been described as mild.
Begona Gomez: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s wife tested positive, officials in his office said late on Saturday. While Begona Gomez tested positive, the health of both she and the prime minister was fine, the officials said. Spain said it would place the entire country under lockdown as the number of diagnosed cases exceeded 6,000.
Quim Torra: The regional leader of Spain’s Catalonia said on March 16 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and that he was going into self-isolation in a government building.
Pere Aragones: Catalan deputy head of government, announced on March 15 that he had also tested positive for coronavirus.
Irene Montero: The Spanish minister tested positive on March 15 and has been put under quarantine along with her partner, Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias.
Franck Riester: Earlier this week, the French culture minister said he was staying at his home in Paris after contracting the virus. France has also imposed a partial lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19.
Francis Suarez: Also in the United States, Miami city’s mayor confirmed, on March 13, that he has contracted COVID-19.
Fabio Wajngarten: The top aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive after he returned from a US trip where he met, among others, President Donald Trump, who later tested negative for the virus.
Michal Wos: Poland’s environment minister has tested positive for coronavirus, he said in a tweet on March 16.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: The popular Hollywood couple announced on March 11 they were infected by the coronavirus and were placed in quarantine in a Gold Coast hospital in Australia.
Luis Sepulveda: Best-selling Chilean writer, who lives in northern Spain, also said he was infected. Reports say he showed symptoms of the coronavirus in February, after he returned from a literary festival in Portugal.
Idris Elba: The British actor and musician said he has tested positive for COVID-19 on March 16 in a video posted on Twitter, and that although he had no symptoms so far he was isolating himself from others.
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. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
Kristofer Hivju: The 41-year-old ‘Game of Thrones’ actor, who played the role of Tormund, has tested positive for the new coronavirus on March 17. Known for his fiery red hair and beard said he and his family were in self-isolation at home.
Blaise Matuidi: The Juventus and France midfielder has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Turin-based Serie A club said in a statement on March 17. Juve said Matuidi, a World Cup winner with France in 2018, was in self-isolation at home and not showing any symptoms.
Mikel Arteta: On March 12, the 37-year-old Arsenal manager was the first in England’s football Premier League to be diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: On the same day, the 19-year-old Chelsea winger also said he was infected.
Paulo Dybala: Italy-based Argentinian footballer announced his diagnosis on Friday. Italy is the worst-hit country after China by the pandemic, which has killed more than 1,800 people in the Mediterranean nation.
Rudy Gobert: The NBA Utah Jazz basketball star triggered criticism after he was seen carelessly touching microphones and voice recorders at a media event on March 9 after he was diagnosed with the virus.
Donovan Mitchell: Another NBA Utah Jazz player also tested positive for COVID-19 days later on March 12.
Brooklyn Nets: Four players on the NBA Brooklyn Nets basketball team tested positive for the coronavirus on March 17.
Fernando Gaviria: The Colombian cyclist confirmed on March 12 that he contracted coronavirus while racing during an event in the UAE and was admitted to a hospital in the Gulf nation.
Dmitry Strakhov: He was the second cyclist at the UAE Tour to have been diagnosed with the virus on the same day.