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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus

The couple announced the news just as President Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. [ Associated Press ]
Published Mar. 12, 2020

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced on Wednesday night that they both have coronavirus. They’re the most prominent celebrities to test positive for the virus to date.

The couple, who are both 63 years old, released the news in a statement on Twitter. They said that they contracted the virus while in Australia, where they’re in production for a movie based on the life of Elvis Presley.

The statement said that both Hanks and Wilson experienced colds, tiredness and body aches before they were tested. Wilson said she experienced random chills and fevers, too.

“The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed,” the statement said. “We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety require. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”

The couple’s announcement came just as President Donald Trump announced that there would be a 30-day suspension of travel between Europe and the United States due to the coronavirus, which is now a global pandemic.