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Tom Hanks in Australian hospital after testing positive for coronavirus

By AFP

Thursday March 12, 2020

 

Hollywood megastar Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the new coronavirus while in Australia for a film project, the Oscar-winning US actor revealed Thursday.

Hanks and Wilson, both 63, are in isolation at the Gold Coast University Hospital after being confirmed with the disease, Queensland state health officials said.

Hanks is the first major Hollywood star to publicly state that he has the virus, which has sickened more than 125,000 people worldwide and killed more than 4,600.

In a message to fans, Hanks said the couple had felt slightly ill and wanted to get tested to "play things right."

"Hello folks, Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," Hanks posted on Instagram.

"To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive," he said.


"We Hanks will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires," the "Saving Private Ryan" star said.


"We'll keep the world posted and updated," he added, along with a photo of a surgical glove placed inside a biohazard trash bag.

In a video message the Hanks' son, Chet, said, "I just got off the phone with them, they both are fine, they're not even that sick."

"They're not worried about it, they're not tripping but they're going through the necessary health precautions obviously," he said.


"I don't think it's anything to be too worried about but I appreciate everyone's concerns and well wishes, but I think it's going to be alright."