Tom Hanks And Wife Rita Wilson Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The actor made the announcement on social media, where he said they contracted Covid-19 while in Australia.
"Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia," he said on Facebook.
"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!"
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Tom Hanks has been on the Gold Coast filming Buz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic.
A spokesperson for the studio producing the film has told Deadline: "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).
"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 is 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."
Social media posts have since come to light showing Mr Hanks and his wife meeting loads of locals.
However Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said these people would have had to have been in contact with the famous couple for more than 15 minutes to be infected.
The coronavirus was recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
Director General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the decision hadn't been taken lightly, though it doesn't affect its advice to countries.
He said: "Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.
"Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO's assessment of the threat posed by this coronavirus. It doesn't change what WHO is doing, and it doesn't change what countries should do."
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