Actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). In an official statement on social media, Hanks informed all and also revealed that they have been kept isolated under medical observation in Australia. The 63-year-old actor was in Australia for the production of a yet-to-be-titled film based on Elvis Presley in which he is playing the role of the singer’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. Also Read - Italy Shuts Down All Shops, Restaurants To Tackle Coronavirus, Only Food Stores & Pharmacies to Stay Open
In his statement made on Thursday morning, Hanks said his wife first complained of chills and slight fever and he, too, started feeling tired. Hanks said they both decided to get the tests done and found out that they were infected with the virus. The full statement read: Also Read - Donald Trump Suspends All Travel Between the US and Europe for 30 Days Over Coronavirus, UK Exempted
“Hello, folks. Rita 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 require. 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!Hanks!” Also Read - India vs South Africa 2020: BCCI Issues 7-Point Coronavirus Diktat For Virat Kohli And Co. Ahead of ODI Series vs South Africa
Tom Hanks and Rita are the first celebrities who have gone public with their diagnosis.
Currently, the couple is the only one from the sets who have contracted the disease. Whether the rest of the cast and crew on the production have taken testing measures or not is not known yet.
Warner Bros., the distributor of the film, issued a statement after Hanks went public with his diagnosis. Their statement read, “We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus),” the statement reads. “We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members are always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”
4200 people have reportedly been killed by the coronavirus and around 1,15,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide. On Wednesday, the WHO officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.