Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju announces COVID-19 diagnosis

Kristofer Hivju, who plays Tormund Giantsbane on the hit TV series Game of Thrones, is the latest celebrity to reveal they've tested positive for coronavirus. 

The Norweigan actor shared the news via his Instagram account along with a selfie of him and his wife.

"Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus," Hivju's caption says. 

"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."

Despite feeling okay himself, Hivju urged his 3.7 million followers to take the disease very seriously and follow all the procedures outlined by health officials. 

"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; wash your hands, keep 1.5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading," he said. 

"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! 

"Please visit your country's Center for Disease Control's website, and follow the regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves, but our entire community, and especially those at risk like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions." 

Last week, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the first celebrities to announce they had tested positive for COVID-19 while visiting Australia. British actor Idris Elba has also confirmed that he had the virus and was in self-isolation.