WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have both contracted COVID-19, advises everyone to take extra care of themselves.
- The couple had themselves tested after experiencing symptoms related to coronavirus and the results came back positive.
- The World Health Organization officially classifies COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, his wife have tested positive for the COVID-19 while in the Gold Coast, Australia, Deadline reported on Wednesday. The couple flew in for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film, in which the actor plays Colonel Tom Parker, manager for Presley.
“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia,” Hanks told Deadline. “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too.”
The publicist of the actor later confirmed the news to the freelance journalist Yashar Ali.
The actor also tweeted the news, saying he and his wife were tested after experiencing symptoms associated with the coronavirus.
“We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires,” Hanks wrote. “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!”
Warner Bros. has issued a statement following the incident, confirming the coronavirus case, and assures that the company will be “working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual.”
The production company also guarantees action, saying that “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,” adding that, “The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”
The comforting news after Hanks and Wilson contracted the virus, comes from the Chet, their son. He posted a video, saying that both are “fine” and “not even that sick.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday, now with at least 125,000 confirmed cases and 4,500 deaths, globally.
There are now 128 confirmed cases and three deaths after COVID-19 has entered Australia, and 1,300 people across 41 US states and Washington, D.C. with 37 deaths recorded as of Wednesday, The New York Times reports.
The United States will institute new travel restrictions, prohibiting most travel from Europe amid coronavirus pandemic. Said travel ban will start on Friday at midnight, with the exception of Americans who have been appropriately screened for 30 days. This travel ban does not affect flights from the United Kingdom.
Source: Business Insider