Tom Hanks, his wife: First celebrities to go public with a diagnosis

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Published: 2020-03-12 10:46

Last Updated: 2020-03-12 14:58


Tom Hanks, his wife: First celebrities to go public with a diagnosis
Tom Hanks, his wife: First celebrities to go public with a diagnosis

The American actor and filmmaker, Tom Hanks says he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have tested positive for coronavirus.

In a statement posted to Instagram, Hanks said he and his wife were traveling in Australia when they were tested after exhibiting symptoms like tiredness, body aches, chills and "slight fevers."

"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!"

Hanks and his wife are the first celebrities to go public with a diagnosis. 

A representative for Hanks confirmed the news to CNN and had no additional comment.

Warner Bros confirmed that Hanks was in Australia doing pre-production work on a film about singer Elvis Presley.

 "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," Bros. said in a statement. "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."

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are currently more than 120 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government announced an $11.4 billion economic plan to support the country's economy "as the world deals with the significant challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus."