Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju has become the latest celebrity to test positive for coronavirus.
The Norwegian actor, who played Tormund Giantsbane on the hit fantasy series, announced the news via Instagram on Monday (16Mar20), revealing he has quarantined himself at home.
“Greetings from Norway!” he wrote. “Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. 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. (sic).”
He then urged others suffering or carrying the virus to heed guidelines from the World Health Organisation to stay safe and keep the virus away from others.
”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,” the actor added. “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!”
Meanwhile, Kristofer’s new show The Witcher has been shut down in the U.K. due to coronavirus fears.
”We have made the decision, effective immediately, to pause production for two weeks during this difficult time…,” a statement from Netflix officials reads. “This will allow everyone the time to make informed decisions about how to move forward.
“The coronavirus has raised challenging issues for everyone working on set on productions for Netflix. We are very grateful for all the work everyone has done to keep cast and crew safe during this pandemic.”
Netflix bosses have since announced they will be conducting a deep clean of The Witcher set, while advising the cast and crew to quarantine themselves after Hivju’s announcement.
“We paused production prior to becoming aware of this, but as a further precaution we will be closing production offices and Arborfield (studio) immediately and arranging for deep cleaning and disinfection.
“We are in the process of contacting those who were in close contact with the relevant individual. However, due to the nature of this production, it is recommended that crew and cast self-quarantine for 14 days, monitor their temperature, and seek medical advice if they experience any symptoms.”