Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus
Tom Hanks and his wife. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Actor Tom Hanks revealed he and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus.

In an Instagram post, Tom Hanks said they had felt ill while in Australia before being tested, alongside a picture of a surgical glove in a bin.

His post reads: “​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.

“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?”

For most people, coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as cough and fever. But for elderly people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

According to the World Health Organisation, people with mild illness needs two weeks to recover and who have more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

In the US, there have been more than 1,100 cases with 38 deaths.

US President Donald Trump announced sweeping new travel restrictions on all of Europe except the UK, in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Mr Trump announced the measures on Wednesday in a television address, said all travel from Europe would be suspended for the next 30 days.

His measures exclude the UK, where 460 cases of the virus have now been confirmed.

Troops have been deployed to New Rochelle, just north of New York City, where one outbreak is believed to have originated.

The National Guard will deliver food to some individuals who have been told to self-isolate there.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference that the National Guard will be sent to the town to help close public gathering spaces in an effort to slow the spread of the outbreak.

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, there have been at least 50 major corporate events get canceled so far. According to data collected by Bloomberg News, an estimated one million people were expected to attend these events.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that up to 70% of the country’s population, which is estimated some 58 million people – could contract the coronavirus.

She made the prediction at a news conference on Wednesday alongside Health Minister Jens Spahn.