Idris Elba stranded in US after testing positive for coronavirus, clearing quarantine

Idris Elba has passed the approved period of time required to be in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus, but still can’t go home to the U.K.

The “Cats” star shared on social media on Tuesday that he and his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, who also tested positive, are “a little bit stuck limbo” because they “can’t get a flight back home.”

“We just have to sit still a little bit,” he added. “Other than that, we’re OK, and we’re so thankful for that. I think the worst of it has probably passed.”

According to the Center for Disease Control’s travel restriction’s policy, people who have a “communicable disease constituting a public health threat” may be placed on a Do Not Board list.

However, once public health authorities confirm a person is no longer contagious, the individual can be removed from the list within 24 hours.

The CDC also states that those who have tested positive, but have not shown any symptoms, may discontinue home isolation when at least 7 days have passed after their diagnosis, and they’ve had no subsequent illnesses.

On March 16, Idris, 47, announced that he contracted COVID-19. Less than a week later, Sabrina, 30, said she also had the illness.

The actor shared on Tuesday that he and his spouse are still asymptomatic.

He encouraged others to stay optimistic and not neglect their mental health, saying, “I hope you guys are, too, keeping yourselves sane and not getting too worried and too panicked. Take it from me, I thought I was definitely going to see the worst of it as an asthmatic, but thankfully I came through.”

Idris and Sabrina are in quarantine in New Mexico, where Idris was filming a new movie for Netflix, “The Harder They Fall,” according to Deadline.

“I’m on location, about to start a film, and the news breaks that this person who is also in the public eye had tested positive…So, it was definitely something I had to do, as I was about to start filming and was around a lot of people,” Elba said when he first shared his diagnosis. “Quite honestly, my job made me test immediately.”

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