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Prominent people diagnosed with COVID-19

MORE than 1 million people have died after contracting the novel coronavirus and over 33 million infected.

Leading figures in politics, sport, royalty and entertainment are among them:

Sadio Mane – Senegalese football star and Liverpool striker.

British actor Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19, news media reported on September 3, halting production of “The Batman”.

Pro-wrestler turned Hollywood actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said in a video message posted on social media on September 2 that he, his wife and their two young children tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks but that they all have recovered and are healthy.

Brazilian Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, the eldest son of President Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a statement by Flavio’s spokesman on August 25.

Flavio Briatore, one of Italy’s most flamboyant businessmen who lambasted restrictions aimed at curbing the COVID-19 epidemic, was hospitalized after testing positive for the disease, his staff said in a statement on August 25.

World-record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus, Jamaica’s health ministry confirmed on August 24.

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, star of “The Mask of Zorro” and dozens of other films, announced on August 10, his 60th birthday, that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in quarantine.

Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Perez tested positive for COVID-19, his Racing Point team said on July 30.

U.S. actor Bryan Cranston said he contracted and recovered from COVID-19 in a video posted to Instagram on July 30, according to media reports.

U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien has become the highest-ranking official in President Donald Trump’s inner circle to test positive for the coronavirus. The news was announced on July 27.

Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s best-known movie stars, has tested positive for COVID-19 together with his actor son Abhishek Bachchan, they said on July 11.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, 65, said on July 7 that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, after months of playing down the severity of the pandemic.

Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked men’s tennis player, tested positive for the virus on June 23. Djokovic, 33, apologized to anyone who contracted the virus after playing in an exhibition tournament he organized in Serbia and Croatia.

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Actor Tony Shalhoub, 66, who starred in “Monk” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, revealed in May that he and his wife had recovered from coronavirus.

New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing, 57, on May 22 said he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, 31, tested positive in April.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, was admitted to hospital on April 5 after suffering symptoms including a fever and a cough for more than 10 days. He spent a week in hospital, including three nights in intensive care.

American singer Pink, 40, said on April 5 that she had tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks prior and had since recovered. She donated $1 million to relief efforts.

Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, 61, said he felt like he was “living a nightmare” during his battle with coronavirus in March.

NBA basketball player and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, 31, tested positive for coronavirus in March. NBA Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert, 28, also tested positive in March.

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, tested positive in March. Both 63, they were in Australia because Hanks was working on a film.

Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein, 68, who is serving a prison sentence for sexual assault and rape, tested positive for the coronavirus in March, according to the head of the state corrections officers union.

Britain’s Prince Charles, 71, tested positive for the virus, his residence said on March 25. The heir to the throne had self-isolated at his residence in Scotland for seven days with mild symptoms.

Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo, 79, said on March 22 he had tested positive and went into self-isolation with his family.

Prince Albert of Monaco, 62, tested positive for coronavirus but his health “is not a cause for concern,” his office said on March 19.

The European Union’s chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, said on March 19 he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Actor Daniel Dae Kim, 51, best known for the television series “Hawaii 5-0,” said on March 19 he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

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British actor Idris Elba, 47, said on March 16 he had tested positive, after discovering he had been exposed to someone with the disease.

Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, 40, who appeared in “Quantum of Solace” in 2008, said on March 15 that she was “locked up at home” after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Kristofer Hivju, 41, best known for playing the formidable, bearded Tormund on “Game of Thrones,” tested positive for the coronavirus, he said in an Instagram post on March 14.

Sophie Trudeau, 45, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus on March 12. The entire family self-isolated for two weeks.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus, the Premier League club said March 12.

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, 25, was the first Serie A soccer player to test positive, the Turin side said on March 11.


Pranab Mukherjee died on August 31 after a lung infection. He had tested positive for COVID-19 on August 10 and had been in hospital since. He was 84.

Nick Cordero, a Canadian Broadway actor who played leading roles in “Bullets over Broadway” and “Waitress,” died on July 5, aged 41.

Annie Glenn, philanthropist and the widow of pioneering astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn, died aged 100 on May 19 at a Minnesota nursing home.

Roy Horn, the magician who starred alongside Siegfried Fischbacher in a popular, long-running Las Vegas act built around rare tigers, died on May 8, aged 75.

Dave Greenfield, keyboard player for the British rock group The Stranglers died on May 3, aged 71. He wrote the music for “Golden Brown,” the band’s biggest hit.

Luis Sepúlveda, the Chilean author best known for his book “The Old Man Who Read Love Stories,” died in Spain on April 16, aged 70.

Lee Konitz, the U.S. saxophonist who pioneered “cool” jazz, died on April 15, aged 92. He cut albums with Miles Davis, pianist Bill Evans, sax player Gerry Mulligan and bassist Charles Mingus among many others.

Tim Brooke-Taylor, a stalwart of British comedy best known for the 1970s TV show “The Goodies”, died on April 12, aged 79.

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John Prine, the Grammy-winning singer who wrote his early songs in his head while delivering mail and later became one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, died on April 7, aged 73.

Mahmoud Jibril, who abandoned Muammar Gaddafi to become Libya’s rebel prime minister during the 2011 revolution, died in Cairo on April 5. He was interim leader until the country held its first free elections in four decades in 2012.

Patricia Bosworth, the U.S. writer and actor who starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in “The Nun’s Story” in 1959, died on April 2, aged 86.

Sergio Rossi, the Italian luxury shoemaker, died on April 2. He was in his 80s.

Ellis Marsalis, one of the patriarchs of jazz as the father of Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason and a great pianist in his own right, died on April 1 aged 85.

Pape Diouf, the former president of Ligue 1 soccer club Olympique de Marseille, died aged 68 on March 31. The Senegalese national who moved to Marseille as a teenager died in Dakar.

Ken Shimura, one of Japan’s best-known comedians, died on March 29, aged 70.

Manu Dibango, the Cameroon-born singer and saxophonist who recorded the hit track “Soul Makossa” in 1972, died in France on March 24, aged 86.

Terrence McNally, the Tony Award-winning playwright known for plays including “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and the musical version of “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” died on March 24, aged 81.

Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who was reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the disease, died on February 7.

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By The African Mirror