Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus becoming the first celebrities to go public with a diagnosis.

The couple is in Australia for production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley movie, in which Hanks is playing Presley’s iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker. Hanks and Wilson, both 63, revealed the news with a statement on Wednesday. Hanks wrote,

“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!


No word on how long the couple will be in isolation in Australia or when they will be allowed to head home to the U.S.

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