As the number of positive Coronavirus cases continue to grow across the globe, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have announced that they have tested positive for COVID-19 while in pre-production for a film in Australia.
The couple contracted the virus while in the Gold Cost for Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley movie. They are the first major U.S. celebrities to publicly share the news of a diagnosis. As Hanks wrote in a statement on Instagram:
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’ 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!
According to Variety, Hanks and Wilson are the only two members of the production to contract the virus.
“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),” said Warner Bros. in a statement. “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.”
The news from Hanks came as Donald Trump announced that all travel from Europe will be suspended for 30 days in an effort to fight the spread of the virus.
From: Esquire US