If you’d need to know how widespread the coronavirus is, this latest news would show you just that.
Because you’d finally know someone who has COVID-19 (though he doesn’t know you).
Popular actor Tom Hanks, whom you’d have seen in films like Forrest Gump or Apollo 13 if you’re as old as me, has just confirmed that he has been tested positive for COVID-19.
His wife, fellow actress Rita Wilson, was also tested positive.
Both 63-year-olds were in Australia to film an untitled Elvis Presley movie.
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Released Statement to Confirm
Today, the couple revealed the news in a statement:
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!
Filming Hasn’t Started
According to reports, the film is currently on a pre-production stage, so filming hasn’t exactly started as the crew make preparations for the set.
It’s unknown if the filming crew has been tested, though insiders mentioned that at this moment, only the celebrity couple is confirmed to have the virus.
Distributor of Film Responded
Warner Bros., the distributor of the film, has also released a statement after the couple’s public announcement.
They said, “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
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. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”
As of time of writing, Australia has 127 confirmed cases and 3 deaths.