Daniel Radcliffe addresses coronavirus rumour: ‘I look ill all the time’

Daniel Radcliffe has addressed a fake online report that circulated earlier this week claiming he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The hoax originated from a fake BBC news account called @BBCNewsTonight, which tweeted: “BREAKING: Daniel Radcliffe tests positive for coronavirus. The actor is said to be the first famous person to be publicly confirmed.”

“I walked into the hair and makeup room on the play yesterday, and the makeup artist was like, ‘My niece has just texted me and told me you’ve got corona,’” the Harry Potter actor said in a phone interview with Australian radio show Smallzy’s Surgery.

“I was like, ‘What?’” the star continued. “He showed me a tweet, and it was like, ‘Daniel Radcliffe becomes the first famous person to contract coronavirus.’

“I think it’s just because I look ill all the time so you can believably say it about me ’cause I’m very pale. That’s the internet. Flattered they chose me,” Radcliffe joked.

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, many celebrities have been reacting to the outbreak over social media.

Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, gave fans an update on their health after testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

On Thursday, Hanks, 63, shared a photo of himself and Wilson, 63, in quarantine in Australia.

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