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Tom Hanks In Hospital After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

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

Hanks and Wilson, both 63, were in isolation in hospital on the Gold Coast in eastern Australia after being confirmed with the disease, Queensland state health officials said.

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The couple sought medical advice after experiencing symptoms of a cold in Queensland, the actor wrote on Instagram.

“Hello folks, Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired like we had colds, and some body aches,” Hanks wrote in a statement posted to 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 actor said.

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Hanks is the first major Hollywood star to publicly state that he has the virus that is sweeping the world.

He has previously said he is living with Type 2 diabetes, which is considered an extra risk factor for those infected with the virus.

There have so far been more than 130 coronavirus cases confirmed in Australia. Three people have died from the disease in the country.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the outbreak to be a pandemic.


Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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