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Prince Charles, Novak Djokovic and more prominent people diagnosed with COVID-19

Prince Charles, Novak Djokovic and more prominent people diagnosed with COVID-19

UK's Prince Charles and tennis player Novak Djokovic are among famous figures who contracted the coronavirus. (Photos: AFP)

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, more than one million people have died after contracting the novel coronavirus, and over 33 million infected. Among them are leading figures in politics, sport, royalty and entertainment.


British actor Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19, news media reported on Sep 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 Sep 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.

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

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

Jamaica's Usain Bolt was the latest high profile case. AFP/ANTONIN THUILLIER

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, star of The Mask of Zorro and dozens of other films, announced on Aug 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 Jul 30.

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

US 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 Jul 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 Jul 11.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, 65, said on Jul 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 Jun 23. Djokovic, 33, apologised to anyone who contracted the virus after playing in an exhibition tournament he organised in Serbia and Croatia.

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.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, was admitted to hospital on Apr 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.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files

American singer Pink, 40, said on Apr 5 that she had tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks prior and had since recovered. She donated US$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 center 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 19.

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

British actor Idris Elba, 47, said on Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 14.

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

FILE PHOTO: Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arrives for a rally in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo

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

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

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Pranab Mukherjee died on Aug 31 after a lung infection. He had tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug 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 Jul 5, aged 41.

Annie Glenn, philanthropist and the widow of pioneering astronaut and US 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.

FILE PHOTO - Entertainer Roy Horn poses as he arrives for Elizabeth Taylor's 75th birthday party at the Ritz-Carlton in Lake Las Vegas, in Henderson, Nevada February 27, 2007. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Picture

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 Sepulveda, the Chilean author best known for his book The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, died in Spain on Apr 16, aged 70.

Lee Konitz, the US saxophonist who pioneered "cool" jazz, died on Apr 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 Apr 12, aged 79.

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 Apr 7, aged 73.

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

Patricia Bosworth, the US writer and actor who starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story in 1959, died on Apr 2, aged 86.

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

Sergio Rossi (Photo: Instagram)

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 Apr 1 aged 85.

Pape Diouf, the former president of Ligue 1 soccer club Olympique de Marseille, died aged 68 on Mar 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 Mar 29, aged 70.

Manu Dibango, the Cameroon-born singer and saxophonist who recorded the hit track Soul Makossa in 1972, died in France on Mar 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 Mar 24, aged 81.

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

(Compiled by Andrew Heavens, Lisa Shumaker and Mike Collett-White; Editing by Mike Collett-White and Cynthia Osterman)

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