Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Have Tested Positive For COVID-19 While Shooting In Australia

The husband and wife are in Gold Coast to film a movie about Elvis Presley.

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Earlier today, 12 March, the actor Tom Hanks said that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, have tested positive for COVID-19

According to New York Times, Hanks and Wilson, both 63 years old, are currently in Gold Coast, Australia for the production of an untitled movie about the life of Elvis Presley.

"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," the two-time Oscar winnning actor said in a statement on his Twitter account this morning.

"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."

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"Well, now. What to do next?" said Hanks, famous for his roles in movies such as Saving Private Ryan and Forrest Gump

He said that he and his wife "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?" he added in the post accompanied by a picture of a medical glove in a hazardous waste container.

"We'll keep the world posted and updated."

His case as a prominent entertainment figure testing positive for coronavirus reflects the extent of the outbreak, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) just declaring it a pandemic

"WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said yesterday, 11 March.

According to CNN, the agency also said there are 118,000 cases, with more than 4,000 deaths worldwide.

"We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled at the same time," Ghebreyesus added, urging countries to continue suppressing and controlling the spread in proper response.

"We cannot say this loudly enough, or clearly enough, or often enough: All countries can still change the course of this pandemic," he said.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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Meanwhile in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health is calling those who attended a tabligh assembly in KL to get tested for COVID-19 after a Bruneian participant was confirmed positive:

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