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Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus in Australia


Tom Hanks says he has contracted coronavirus. 

The actor confirmed on Instagram and Twitter Wednesday that he and wife Rita Wilson, both 63, tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia after feeling ill. 

“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” Hanks wrote. “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.”

Hanks’ representative Francesca Ciuffo confirmed the diagnosis to USA TODAY. 

The Oscar-winning actor has been in Australia for pre-production on Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley film, in which he’ll play Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. Production has been halted. 

Hanks said he will be “tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires.”

In a statement to USA TODAY, Warner Bros. said it’s working closely with Australian health agencies to identify anyone who has come in contact with the affected cast member. The studio’s statement did not name Hanks specifically. 

“Well, now. What to do next?” he added. “The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed … Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”

Hanks accompanied his health update with a picture of a used glove discarded in a biohazard waste bin. 

“We’ll keep the world posted and updated,” Hanks vowed.

Australia has 128 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday, according Johns Hopkins data. There have been three deaths in Australia.





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