Los Angeles, March 12 (AFP/APP): Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have both tested positive for coronavirus, the US actor said Wednesday, being the first celebrity to go public with the diagnosis.
Hanks, 63, said he and Wilson came down with a fever while in Australia, where he is reportedly filming a new movie about the life of Elvis Presley.
“To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” he wrote in a statement posted to Instagram.
The pair will now be isolated and monitored, wrote Hanks. The couple is quarantined in Australia and history is being checked to whosoever came in contact with the couple in the past days.
“We’ll keep the world posted and updated,” he added, along with a photo of a surgical glove placed inside a biohazard trash bag.
According to a Deadline Hollywood report, the Elvis film directed by Baz Luhrmann features Hanks as the legendary singer’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker.
The news broke just as President Donald Trump announced a 30-day suspension on travel from Europe to the United States due to the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier on Wednesday, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
There have been more than 115,000 cases of coronavirus confirmed worldwide, and the disease has killed more than 4,200 people.
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