Tom Hanks, actor
Tom Hanks, 63 years old, became the first celebrity, along with his wife, to go public with the diagnosis.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, in 2019. Trudeau’s office says Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has tested positive for the coronavirus. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
Rita Wilson, actress
Rita Wilson, Hanks’ wife and an actress, also tested positive. She is 63.
According to CNN:
The star couple’s diagnosis forced Australia’s Nine Network to enact what it called a “crisis response plan,” as Wilson had visited the channel’s morning talk show “Today Extra” for an appearance with hosts David Campbell and Belinda Russell on Monday. The show airs on CNN’s affiliated Nine Network.
Speaking on Radio 2GB to host Deborah Knight on Thursday, Campbell said he spent about half an hour with Wilson.
“She was delightful, it was really nice, she didn’t seem to have any symptoms of anything, she was very cautious,” he said. “She actually made a joke coming into the studio saying ‘we shouldn’t shake hands we should bump elbows.’ So we bumped elbows.”
Rudy Gobert, NBA star
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the NBA to take the extraordinary step of suspending its season.
Before leaving a media session at shootaround in Salt Lake City on Monday in advance of a game against Detroit, Gobert touched all the tape recorders that were placed before him on a table, devices that reporters who cover the Jazz were using.
“You know, there’s not much we can do right now,” Gobert said in that session when asked about how teams are dealing with the virus. And a minute or so later, before he ran out a side door, he touched all the recorders.
He said it was in jest. It isn’t so funny now.
“I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis … mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment,” Gobert wrote. “The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected.”
Fabio Wajngarten, public official in Brazil
Communications Director Fabio Wajngarten, shown here in Brasilia, Brazil, attended weekend events with President Donald Trump in Florida. Wajgarten has tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first time that someone known to have the virus was in close proximity to the president. Trump does not plan to be tested or go into self-quarantine, the White House said Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Donovan Mitchell, NBA star
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell had tested positive for the virus.
Mitchell’s positive test was not known until early Thursday, the first full day of the NBA’s hiatus. Jazz players, staff and some beat writers covering the team were tested Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, where Utah was to play the Thunder in a game that was called off moments before tipoff once word about Gobert’s positive test was received.
Daniele Rugani, Italian national soccer team star
Italian soccer club Juventus announced on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, that defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for new coronavirus. Rugani, who is also an Italy international, is the first player in Italy’s top soccer division to test positive but Juventus stressed that the 25-year-old has no symptoms.
Juventus’ match against Lyon was canceled by UEFA after the news. There was a second player also testing positive, announced on Thursday — Sampdoria striker Manolo Gabbiadini.
“I’ve already received so very many messages. But I still want to reassure you that I’m fine, so don’t worry,” Gabbiadini, who was in self-isolation, wrote on Twitter.
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s head coach
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.
Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major European leagues.
However, Arsenal said the positive test means “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.”
The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19.