Actor Tom Hanks has confirmed that both he and his wife, Rita Wilson, have contracted coronavirus. The couple is currently in Australia while Hanks works on his new movie.
The statement on Instagram that both actors had been experiencing tiredness, aching, chills and fevers and have tested positive for the virus.
The couple is now following the advised medical protocols and has said they are taking one day at a time, confirming that they will be happy to remain in isolation and cooperate with all the required tests to help protect public health.
An official representative for Hanks has now confirmed the statement but made no extra comments about the current well-being of the actor who had traveled to Australia to work on an upcoming Warner Bros movie about Elvis Presley.
Warner Bros is now collaborating with the relevant Australian agencies to help identify and trace anyone who came into contact with Hanks and Wilson while stressing that the safety of their employees is paramount.
Hanks has been filming for his role as Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager in the film playing opposite Austin Butler as Presley.
The movie is directed by Baz Luhrmann.
Hanks plans to keep the world in the loop and will be giving updates and posts on this own and his wife's condition via social media.
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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!
There are currently over 120 confirmed cases of the virus in Australia and the government recently announced a plan to support the economy with $11.4 billion set aside to meet the challenges presented by the virus.
After the announcement, Australia's Nine Network, where Wilson had recently visited quickly enacted a crisis response plan. The host of "Today Extra" David Campbell spent 30 minutes with the actress who joked on arrival that they should bump elbows rather than shake hands.