Washington D.C., March 25 -- : Japanese comedy icon Ken Shimura was tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 70-year-old was hospitalized last Friday for what seemed to be like a severe case of pneumonia.

The actor-comedian is the first major entertainment figure in the country to be tested positive for coronavirus.

The veteran comedian is much acclaimed for his s satirical characters "Baka Tonosama" (foolish lord) and "Henna Ojisan" (weirdo uncle).

Other celebrities that are currently battling with coronavirus, outside Japan are actor Aaron Tveit, television host Andy Cohen, former 'The Bachelor' star Colton Underwood, actor Daniel Dae Kim, music producer Andrew Watt, 'Game of Thrones' actor ...