Actor Tom Hanks says he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have been diagnosed with 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.”
“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 requirements. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?” he wrote.
A representative for Hanks confirmed the news to Brampton-news and had no additional comment.
Warner Bros. confirmed the actor was in Australia doing pre-production work on a film about singer Elvis Presley.
“We are working with the Australian healthcare institutions the right to identify and contact anyone who might have come in direct contact with people,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. “The health and safety of members of our company is always our top priority, and we take precautions to protect all those who work in our products worldwide.”
Hanks is set to play Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the film. Actor Austin Butler to play Presley. Baz Luhrmann will direct.
Hanks said he and his wife would “keep the world posted and updated.”
According to the World Health Organization, there are currently more than 120 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia. The government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced an $ 11.4 billion economic plan to support the country’s economy “as the world deals with significant challenges posed by the spread of coronavirus.”
Diagnosis Save Australia’s Nine Network the pair were forced to impose a so-called “crisis response plan,” as Wilson had visited channels morning talk show “Today extras” for the appearances by hosts David Campbell and Belinda Russell on Monday.
Speaking on Radio 2GB to host Deborah Knight on Thursday, Campbell said he spent about half an hour with Wilson.
“He was fun, it was really good, he does not seem to have any symptoms, he was very careful,” he said. “He really made the joke came to the studio to say ‘we do not have to shake our hands should meet the elbow.’ So we met the elbow. ”
Nine Network said in a statement that the staff at the show will be quarantined after coming to the “prolonged contact” with the singer and actress.
“Our place is currently being cleaned up in all areas he visited and we encourage employees to monitor the health and practice good hygiene,” said the network.
Campbell said he and his co-host undergoing testing for coronavirus. He added he would withdraw their children from school pending the outcome of his test.
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