Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Rudy Gobert, and Donovan Mitchell are one of the few well-known individuals that tested positive for Coronavirus. To add to that list is one of The Witcher‘s second season stars, Kristofer Hivju.
Fortunately, Netflix is quick on its feet and will be conducting a deep clean of The Witcher set alongside a protocol that all advised staff must quarantine themselves after Hivju revealed on Instagram that he has tested positive for the pandemic.
The streaming platform is respectably reassuring their staff that it is doing its best to eliminate the virus at Arborfield Studios in west London.
“We paused production prior to becoming aware of this, but as a further precaution we will be closing production offices and Arborfield immediately and arranging for deep cleaning and disinfection,” Netflix said in an email.
“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,” the email added.
Man, this is just all too sad. Hivju has almost 4 million followers on Instagram and in a post, the actor said he is in Norway with his family after testing positive for COVID-19. “Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Coronavirus. 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.”
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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
Nivellen will be Hivju’s character in the second season of The Witcher. In the books, Nivellen is a man cursed to take on the appearance of a monster. Well, as a matter of fact, the only monster I know is the Coronavirus. Get well, Tormund!