Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus in Australia

Tom Hanks says he has contracted coronavirus. 

The actor confirmed on Instagram and Twitter Wednesday that he and wife Rita Wilson, both 63, tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia after feeling ill. 

“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” Hanks wrote. “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’ representative Francesca Ciuffo confirmed the diagnosis to USA TODAY. 

The Oscar-winning actor has been in Australia for pre-production on Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley film, in which he’ll play Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. Production has been halted. 

Hanks said he will be “tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires.”

Warner Bros. said in a statement provided to USA TODAY by spokesman Paul McGuire that the studio is working closely with Australian health agencies to identify anyone who has come in contact with the affected cast member. The statement did not name Hanks specifically. 

“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,” the statement said. 

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“Well, now. What to do next?” Hanks wrote. “The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed … Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”

Hanks accompanied his health update with a picture of a used glove discarded in a biohazard waste bin. 

“We’ll keep the world posted and updated,” Hanks vowed.

Australia has 128 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday, according Johns Hopkins data. There have been three deaths in Australia.

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