Actor Tom Hanks posted on Instagram that he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have been diagnosed with coronavirus. Both of them were traveling in Australia when they were tested after exhibiting symptoms like tiredness, body aches, chills, and slight fevers.
Hanks, confirmed by Warner Bros., was in Australia doing a pre-production work on a film about singer Elvis Presley to be directed by Baz Luhrmann. Hanks will play Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s manager, in the film. Actor Austin Butler got the lead role.
“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,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. “The health and safety of our company members are always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.”
Staying true to his words of keeping the world posted and updated, Hanks shared an update on his official Instagram account. He posted a picture with his wife Thursday night, thanking those who’ve cared for them as they battle the virus.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than 120 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia and this could take a toll on the country’s economy. As a means to support the country’s economy during the outbreak, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government will allocate $11.4 billion.
Meanwhile, it should be remembered that Rita Wilson visited Nine Network’s morning talk show for an appearance on Monday. With the couple’s diagnosis, Nine Network was forced to set up a crisis response plan wherein staff on the show will be quarantined after coming into “prolonged contact” with the singer and actress.
“Our premises are currently being thoroughly cleaned in all areas she visited and we are encouraging our employees to monitor their health and practice good hygiene,” the network said.
Similarly, Wilson also set foot and performed in the famed Sydney Opera House Saturday for about 200 people, including her husband. The Opera House got disinfected and will reach out to people who may have been in contact with the couple.
Fans’ reactions regarding Mr. and Mrs. Hanks condition are as follows:
tom hanks beating the shit out of coronavirus 💪 pic.twitter.com/tdxOUt93kA
— beeple (@beeple) March 13, 2020
My professor today really didn’t understand that Tom Hanks is a National treasure to my generation. I’m sorry but – pic.twitter.com/6NnhzeqkVe
— Maddi Kennelly (@maddi_kennelly) March 13, 2020
wtf I did a drawing of tom hanks a while back, something isn't right pic.twitter.com/jHonAtOHU6
— Crocodile Tears 🐊 (@_Stalc_) March 13, 2020
— 𝕕𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕝𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕖 ♡ (@deviIette) March 13, 2020
Tom Hanks has now been diagnosed with Coronavirus. WOODY DOES NOT DESERVE THIS 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/U44JLri6yo
— Typical Girl 💅🏻 (@girlhoodtexts) March 12, 2020