The Witcher had already had its production suspended for Season 2 due to coronavirus, but Netflix took the added step of deep cleaning the set after cast member and Game of Thrones' alum Kristofer Hivju announced on Instagram that he had tested positive for COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, and planned to self-isolate. Hivju is set to play Nivellen, a man cursed to take on the appearance of a monster, in Season 2.
"Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus," he wrote in a post. "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
Deadline reports that Netflix advised those involved with the project to quarantine themselves and has plans for "a deep cleaning and disinfection" of the set. The Witcher is the first major TV production in the U.K. to be halted as a result of coronavirus. An email sent to staff on the show read in part, "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."