Actor Daniel Dae Kim, popular for his role in Hawaii Five-0 and Lost, has been tested positive for the coronavirus. In his Instagram post on Thursday, the actor revealed that he had contracted the infection and has been under home quarantine. While announcing the news on social media, the actor also highlighted the increasing number of racist attacks against Asians in various parts of the world owing to the growing infection. He also took a dig at US President Donald Trump for replacing ‘corona’ with ‘chinese’ in his tweet and calling it a ‘chinese virus’. This is believed to have added more to the cultivated racism, especially in the US where racist attacks against Asian people were reported in Los Angeles and New York recently. Also Read - Game of Thrones Actor Indira Varma Aka Ellaria Sand Confirms She Has Coronavirus- Check Her Post
In a video posted on Instagram, Daniel said, “Please, please stop the prejudice and senseless violence against Asian people. Randomly beating elderly, sometimes homeless Asian Americans is cowardly, heartbreaking and it’s inexcusable.” Taking a dig at Trump, the actor mentioned how it’s unfair to target the Asians for the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. He said he contracted the virus in America, not in China. “Yes I’m Asian. And yes, I have coronavirus. But I did not get it from China, I got it in America. In New York City. Despite what certain politicial leaders want to call it, I don’t consider the place where it’s from as important as the people who are sick and dying.” Watch his entire video here: Also Read - Despite Backlash, Trump Defends The Usage of 'Chinese Virus' Calling It 'Very Accurate', Uses It Later Again
Born in South Korea, Daniel has been raised in the US. The actor had been shooting for a series titled New Amsterdam in New York for the last few weeks. The 51-year-old actor said he started experiencing the symptoms for the first time while on a flight to Hawaii. He said he began to experience chest tightness, body aches and fever. Daniel added that after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, he was told that he didn’t need to be hospitalised but self-isolation was necessary.
Meanwhile, actors who are currently fighting COVID-19 are Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson, James Bond actor Olga Kurylenko, Idris Elba, Game of Thrones stars Kristofer Hivju, Indira Varma and Frozen 2 actor Rachel Matthews among others.