Jared Leto says he just found out about the new coronavirus pandemic after spending 12 days in isolation, meditating in the desert.
In an Instagram post published on Thursday, Leto said he was just catching up on the news about COVID-19 and expressed hopes that everybody was alright.
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The new coronavirus was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province last December. As of 16 March, COVID-19 has affected 167,515 people and killed at least 6,606 in more than 150 countries, according to the WHO.
Chinese scientists have already begun recruiting volunteers for clinical trials of a vaccine against the new virus. In total, the WHO has registered 41 potential COVID-19 vaccines currently in development around the world.