Hollywood legend and all round nice guy, Tom Hanks, and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The actor was on location in Australia for pre-production of the new Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic about the King of rock and roll, Elvis Presley.
Hanks will be taking on the role of Presley’s infamous manager, Col. Tom Parker in the new film but will be self-isolating after he confirmed in a statement he and his wife had contracted the disease.
“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?”
He added: “We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!”
Warner Bros. also released a statement regarding the situation: “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).
“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.
Warner Bros. continued: “The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”
The ongoing epidemic of coronavirus disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 12th, 2020, more than 126,135 cases have been confirmed, of which more than 8,000 were classified as serious.
With more than 4,630 people having died from the virus, most of which have come in different provinces of China, coronavirus has now spread to 110 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America.