Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ star latest celebrity to test positive for COVID-19_1

The night is dark and full of terrors.


Best known for playing the lovable yet immensely fearsome Tormund Giantsbane in the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones series, Kristofer Hivju has tested positive for the coronavirus. 


The Norwegian actor joins a host of other celebrities who have confirmed to have the virus, with British star Idris Elba announcing his positive status on Monday 16 March.


Hivju wrote to his fans on Instagram, saying that he is self-isolating and warned them to exercise extreme caution. 

Watch: Hivju’s message to fans, urging them to stay safe:


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Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My familiy 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. 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. 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. @grymolvaerhivju #fightcorona #solidarity #takecare #folkehelseinstituttet Thanks to @panoramaagency

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“Greetings from Norway. Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus. My family and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. I only have mild symptoms of a cold.


“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.”

Stronger together


Making no mention of the “Big Woman” who his character would undoubtedly have loved to have with him in isolation, Hivju said that foremost on his list of concerns was the overcrowding of hospitals.


“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 Centre 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.”