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Tom Hanks And Wife Rita Wilson Test Positive For Coronavirus

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Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson last night became the first global celebrities to announce that they had tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

The two performers, both 63, are in Australia where Hanks is preparing to start work on an untitled Elvis Presley film directed by Baz Luhrmann. The entertainment news site Deadline published a statement from Hanks last night, which he also posted on Instagram along with a picture of a discarded medical glove.

“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’ (sic) 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!”

Cameras have not started rolling on the production yet and no one else working on the film is known to have become infected with the virus. Warner Bros., the distributor behind the film, issued a statement of its own last night.
“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),” it read. “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.”

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As of last night there had been more than 125,000 cases of coronavirus confirmed worldwide, and the disease has killed more than 4,600 people according to data aggregated by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. As of Wednesday morning Australia had had 112 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three deaths, according to the country’s government.Photo Credit: Getty

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