False BBC Twitter account @BBCNewsTonight claimed the 30-year-old had contracted the virus, sparking concern amongst fans who shared it on the social media platform.
The tweet read: “BREAKING: Daniel Radcliffe tests positive for coronavirus. The actor is said to be the first famous person to be publicly confirmed.”
While the fake account may have looked legitimate upon a quick glance, having used an official BBC logo and a BBC-style handle, suspicions were raised when it was noted that the account only had 125 followers.
After the tweet was repeatedly shared and gained over 300,000 impressions according to BuzzFeed News, representatives for Radcliffe spoke out, stating the claims were “not true”. The account has since been suspended.
Coronavirus has infected over 100,000 people worldwide, with over 10,000 of those cases in Europe.
The latest figures have confirmed that 383 people have tested positive for the virus, with health minister Nadine Dorries diagnosed with the disease.
Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the entertainment industry, with Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond, No Time To Die, having been pushed back from its April release date due to the virus.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, which stars James Corden and Margot Robbie, has also seen its release date pushed back to August amid the outbreak.
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