More celebrities, politicians worldwide infected with Wuhan virus

Prince Charles joins Japanese comedian, NBA stars, Iranian vice president among infected


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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — With the total number of coronavirus infections topping 420,000 three months after the outbreak started in the Chinese city of Wuhan, more and more public figures worldwide have fallen ill with the virus.

Prince Charles has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday. The Prince of Wales, who is first in line to the British throne, has thus “display[ed] mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health,” according to the statement.

Japanese comedian Ken Shimura tested positive for the coronavirus and was hospitalized on March 20 after his symptoms worsened, his agency confirmed Wednesday. Shimura has accumulated a large following in Taiwan since the 1990s for his evergreen comedy show "Shimura Ken Jokes."

Tom Hanks was the first Hollywood star confirmed with the infection. Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson said on March 11 they had tested positive during the pre-production of a film about Elvis. The couple was discharged from an Australian hospital on March 16 and tweeted on Sunday (March 22) they were feeling better.

This week, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said on social media that she believes she has recovered from mild symptoms of the virus following a trip to other European countries. Sweden only tests patients for the coronavirus if they require treatment at a hospital, but the 17-year-old quarantined herself at home as a precaution, according to AP.

The last two weeks I’ve stayed inside. When I returned from my trip around Central Europe I isolated myself (in a borrowed apartment away from my mother and sister) since the number of cases of COVID-19 (in Germany for instance) were similar to Italy in the beginning. Around ten days ago I started feeling some symptoms, exactly the same time as my father - who traveled with me from Brussels. I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed. My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and with a fever. In Sweden you can not test yourself for COVID-19 unless you’re in need of emergent medical treatment. Everyone feeling ill are told to stay at home and isolate themselves. I have therefore not been tested for COVID-19, but it’s extremely likely that I’ve had it, given the combined symptoms and circumstances. Now I’ve basically recovered, but - AND THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE: I almost didn’t feel ill. My last cold was much worse than this! Had it not been for someone else having the virus simultainously I might not even have suspected anything. Then I would just have thought I was feeling unusually tired with a bit of a cough. And this it what makes it so much more dangerous. Many (especially young people) might not notice any symptoms at all, or very mild symptoms. Then they don’t know they have the virus and can pass it on to people in risk groups. We who don’t belong to a risk group have an enormous responsibility, our actions can be the difference between life and death for many others. Please keep that in mind, follow the advice from experts and your local authorities and #StayAtHome to slow the spread of the virus. And remember to always take care of each other and help those in need. #COVID #flattenthecurve

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Several NBA players and staff have tested positive for the virus in the past three weeks, including Kevin Durant, Marcus Smart, and Rudy Gobert, forcing the basketball league to suspend the 2019-2020 season "until further notice."

I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. 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. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus . I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was also confirmed with to be infected, the prime minister's office announced on March 12. It added that the prime minister was in good health and that he was self-isolating for a period of 14 days.

Iran has won the title of the country with most political or religious leaders succumbing to the virus a week after the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, downplayed the severity of the outbreak despite the spike in cases.

Iran's top Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, who heads the government's task force against the disease, became Iran’s seventh and most senior official with a confirmed infection. Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, an adviser to the Ayatollah, died of complications from the virus on March 2.

In Taiwan, no celebrities or politicians have yet reported infections as of Wednesday (March 25), but the country has recorded 235 cases, including two deaths.