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In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

The growing list of world celebrities who have been hit by the novel coronavirus includes Spanish tenor Placido Domingo and disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango is among the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19. Here is a roundup:

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In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

The 86-year-old Dibango, from Cameroon, died in a hospital in France on Tuesday after contracting the virus.

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Congolese music legend Aurlus Mabele, known as the "King of Soukous", a high-tempo modern variant of Congolese rumba, died in Paris Thursday of the coronavirus, aged 67.

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Spanish opera star Domingo said Sunday he had tested positive, adding he was "in good health".

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Hollywood producer Weinstein, in prison in New York state after being sentenced to 23 years for rape and sexual assault, has also tested positive, US media reported on Sunday.

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, said on Monday they were doing better after nearly two weeks quarantine in Australia.

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

British actor Idris Elba said on March 16 that he had tested positive for the virus and gone into self-isolation.

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Chilean author Luis Sepulveda, who lives in northern Spain, also has the virus and is in hospital. He felt the first symptoms on February 25.

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

The first test result for quarantined German Chancellor Angela Merkel came back negative on Monday. Merkel had decided Sunday to self-isolate after being treated by a doctor who has since tested positive for the virus.

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Prince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive, although there are "no concerns for his health" the palace said on March 19.

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Michel Barnier, who leads EU negotiations with Britain on Brexit, announced in a Twitter video on March 19 that he had tested positive.

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been in isolation since March 13 after his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive.

In pictures: Politicians and celebrities hit by the coronavirus

On Tuesday Finland said Nobel laureate and former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, aged 82, has contracted the virus.