Tom Hanks, wife test positive for coronavirus in Australia


Oscar-winning American actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have tested positive for the new coronavirus while in Australia for a movie shoot.

The couple had body aches and fatigue, among other symptoms, the “Forrest Gump” star tweeted on Thursday.

“We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated as long as public health requires,” he said in the Twitter post. “Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated.”


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Hanks is in Australia to shoot a movie about Elvis Presley. He is playing the role of Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s eccentric manager, who groomed the famous singer to stardom in the 1950s. Production on the film, which is being directed by Australian director Baz Luhrmann, is set to begin filming on Monday.

“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),” Warner Brothers said in a statement.

Warner said it is working closely with Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with Hanks.