• Hollywood actor Tom Hanks announced that he and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus
  • The actor was shooting for a movie in Australia when he contracted the virus
  • They are the first Hollywood celebrities to come out in public with their diagnosis

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have announced that they have tested positive for coronavirus. The celebrity couple confirmed the news on social media and noted that they contracted the virus in Australia.

Taking it to Twitter, the 63-year-old actor shared a personal update and revealed that they were feeling a bit tired for quite a while and experienced a lot of “body aches” while traveling Down Under. The actor further stated that the body aches became worse and his wife, Rita, suffered from fever.

They checked into a medical facility and were tested “positive” for COVID-19.

“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,” Hanks wrote.

The actor also explained that the medical officials have set some “protocols” and they will be happily following them, so that their condition won’t get worse. The duo will now be tested and observed by the medical authorities.

The “Captain Phillips” star also shared a picture alongside the message he wrote for the fans.

“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?” Hanks wrote.

Hanks was shooting in Australia for the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, in which the “Cast Away” star will be seen portraying the character of Presley’s close friend and manager Colonel Tom Parker. It is still unknown if anyone else from the film’s crew has been infected or not.

As soon as the news surfaced online, Warner Bros., who is producing the movie, issued a statement and noted that the production company is contantly in touch with the authorities in The Gold Coast, Australia. The statement concluded by saying that the safety of their crew members is their “top priority.”

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 are always our top priority,” the statement read.

Hanks and wife Wilson are the first Hollywood celebrities to openly come out in public with their diagnosis.

Tom Hanks said he and wife Rita Wilson came down with a fever while in Australia
Tom Hanks said he and wife Rita Wilson came down with a fever while in Australia. AFP / VALERIE MACON