MANY were shocked to hear that Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week, but how many other high profile cases of the illness are there - and how are they doing?

1) Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson

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Popular US actor Tom Hanks announced earlier this month that he and his wife tested positive for coronavirus while in Australia.

On March 23, he posted an update on Twitter to say he was getting better: "Two weeks after out first symptoms and we feel better.

"Sheltering in place works like this: You don't give it to anyone - you don't get it from anyone. Common sense no? Going to take a while but if we take care of each other, help where we can and give up some comforts... this too, shall pass. We can figure this out."

The most recent update came yesterday, where he announced that he and his wife were home and would be socially distancing in America.

2) Idris Elba

English actor, writer and producer Idris Elba announced he has tested positive for Covid-19 via a Twitter post on March 16.

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He posted an update on March 25, saying: "Hoping everyone is coping with this $@@!! 

"Currently still quarantine.. Sab and I still feel ok so far with no changes.

"Dr told us that after quarantine we will be immune for a certain time since our antibodies fought this.

"At some point we'd like to go home to London. Bsafe."

3) Fiona Phillips

Journalist and former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips also announced on Twitter that she had been diagnosed with the virus on March 20.

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She said: "I am in bed with #coronvirusuk.

"It's not a very pleasant bedfellow, but nothing more than sore throat, dry cough, headache & tiredness.

"As long as it stays that way....DON'T panic!”

4) Prince Charles

Clarence House announced that the Prince of Wales tested positive for coronavirus on March 25. 

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Charles, 71, is displaying "mild symptoms" but is in good health as he self isolates at home in Scotland, a spokesman said.

The Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has also been tested but does not have the virus.

5) Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister announced on March 27 that he had tested positive after displaying mild symptoms.

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He said: "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.

"Together we will beat this."