Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, also an accomplished actor and musician, have announced that they have tested positive for the COVID-19. The couple reportedly caught the virus in Australia where Hanks was in the middle of filming for Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley biopic in which Hanks is playing Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are both 63-years-old, which puts them at a higher risk than the general population of facing fatal complications.
Hanks posted a statement to his Instagram page telling his fans about his diagnosis, and explaining that he will be spending time in isolation.
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Hello, folks. @ritawilson and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive. Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!
Warner Bros. confirmed that the actor was in Australia doing pre-production work on a film about singer Elvis Presley. The film studio also said that they were working with local health agencies to identify anyone who may have come into contact with the actor.
According to the World Health Organization, there are currently more than 120 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are two of the first large Hollywood figures to announce that they have been infected with the virus, but numerous world leaders and politicians from different countries have also come down with the illness in recent weeks.
The NBA announced that the remainder of the season would be suspended following the conclusion of tonight’s games, in response to the coronavirus threat. Experts expect that many more people that we know and recognize will be infected with the virus, and that life may come to a standstill in the western world as health officials grapple with the outbreak. In an address to the nation on Wednesday night, U.S. President Donald Trump banned all travel from Europe, aside from the United Kingdom, and promised a large aid package to US citizens and companies affected by the virus.