The Witcher’s Kristofer Hivju Confirms He Has Coronavirus
Earlier today, Netflix halted The Witcher season 2’s production for two weeks as a precaution against the novel coronavirus. However, one of the cast members has already contracted COVID19. Via Deadline, Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones) shared the news on Instagram that he tested positive for coronavirus.
Hivju also noted that he is self-isolating with his family “for as long as it takes.”
“We are in good health,” added Hivju. “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.”
In a brief e-mail, Netflix said “We paused production prior to becoming aware of [Hivju’s infection], but as a further precaution we will be closing production offices and Arborfield immediately and arranging for deep cleaning and disinfection.We are in the process of contacting those who were in close contact with the relevant individual. However, due to the nature of this production, it is recommended that crew and cast self-quarantine for 14 days, monitor their temperature, and seek medical advice if they experience any symptoms.”
Hivju was recently cast in The Witcher season 2 as Nivellen, a man cursed with a monstrous appearance.
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