Tom Hanks infected with coronavirus


Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus while in Australia, the actor announced in an Instagram post.

"Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia," he wrote.

"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."

Hanks continued, "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!"

The Hollywood power couple are both aged 63.

Current data suggest the COVID-19 mortality rate for those aged 60-69 is about 3.6 per cent. The total mortality rate is about 4.7 per cent for men compared with 2.8 per cent for women.

Hanks also suffers from type-two diabetes.

The two-time Oscar winner is currently on the Gold Coast filming Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic.

Production on the film, based at Oxenford Studio on the northern Gold Coast, has been shut down. In a letter to crew and actors this morning, Mr Luhrmann said a crew member had tested positive for coronavirus and advised them to stay home.

"We request all cast and crew stay at home today and not come to work," he said in the letter seen by the Gold Coast Bulletin.

"All work activity on the production is cancelled and will not resume until further notice. We appreciate everyone's co-operation and we will be following up with more details over the next several hours."

Hanks is playing Presley's long-time manager Colonel Tom Parker in the film. Presley is played by 27-year-old Austin Butler, who recently appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

As of this morning Australia has almost 150 cases of the coronavirus, with 20 in Queensland. It's not clear whether Hanks and Wilson have been included in the latest figures from state health authorities.

The couple recently returned from Sydney, where Wilson performed at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday night.

"Singer-songwriter and Hollywood actress and producer, Rita Wilson will make her Sydney Opera House debut, performing songs from her new album, Halfway to Home - a unique blend of Southern Californian rock meets Nashville country," the blurb on the website reads.

Sydney Opera House has been contacted for comment.

She also performed at the Emporium Hotel in Brisbane last Thursday, March 5.

Hanks and Wilson starred together in the 1993 romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle. They met on the set of the 1980s TV show Bosom Buddies and married in 1988. They have two sons, Chester and Truman.


Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in Sydney
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in Sydney

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