‘This is as real as it gets’: Indonesian action star Iko Uwais tests positive for coronavirus

Indonesian martial arts superstar Iko Uwais said that he experienced some symptoms a week after getting a positive result for his COVID-19 test. Photo: Instagram/@iko.uwais
Indonesian martial arts superstar Iko Uwais said that he experienced some symptoms a week after getting a positive result for his COVID-19 test. Photo: Instagram/@iko.uwais

More and more Indonesian celebrities are being diagnosed with COVID-19, and Indonesian martial arts superstar Iko Uwais has become the latest to be infected with the viral disease.

Iko took to Instagram yesterday to announce his condition to his fans, saying that he experienced some symptoms a week after getting a positive result for his COVID-19 test.

 

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“Right now I am fully resting with close observation from the doctors, and concentrating to get my strength back and focusing on recovery,” the 38-year-old actor wrote.

“Please stay healthy and stay safe. This is as real as it gets. Peace!”

Iko received encouraging comments from numerous celebrities, including fellow action star Joe Taslim and his wife, singer Audy Item.

“Get well soon, Dek,” Joe wrote.

“Get well soon dear, so we can hug each other again with our kids. Keep your spirit up, I know it sucks, but it’s gonna be alright. Hope you can recover soon, amen, love you,” Audy, who also contracted COVID-19 in January, wrote in her Instagram story.

Iko is undoubtedly one of the country’s biggest movie stars. After breaking through into global fame through The Raid (2011) and its sequel The Raid 2: Berandal (2014), Iko has starred in several Hollywood movies in recent years, which has cemented his worldwide recognition as a bonafide action star.

His recent works include action flick Mile 22 alongside Mark Wahlberg and The Night Comes For Us, an Indonesian action film directed by Timo Tjahjanto that was released on Netflix, both in 2018. In 2019, Iko starred in action-comedy flick Stuber, action film Triple Threat, and a fantastical martial arts series on Netflix titled Wu Assassins.

Iko will appear in the blockbuster Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins alongside Malaysia-born actor Henry Golding, which is slated for theatrical release in the US later this month.

Hopefully, Iko will soon kick COVID-19’s ass to the curb and get back into action again.

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