Actor Tom Hanks and his wife have been placed in solitary confinement in an Australian hospital after being found positive for the new coronavirus while the American star was preparing to film in Australia, state authorities announced on Thursday of Queensland.
The multi-Oscar winning artist had previously revealed on social networks that he had the disease, like his wife Rita Wilson, aged like him 63 years old.
Tom Hanks is the first Hollywood star to announce that he has contracted the new coronavirus, which has infected more than 125,000 people worldwide and killed more than 4,600 people.
“We felt a little tired, as if we had a cold and aches (…) To have a clear heart, as it is currently recommended, we tested for the coronavirus and it turned out to be positive Tom Hanks wrote on Instagram.
“What to do now? Medical authorities have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks will be tested, examined and isolated for as long as it is necessary for public health. ”
“There is not much you can do other than see from day to day, right?”, He concluded in his message, accompanied by the photo of a hospital trash can with a disposable glove.
The couple are in solitary confinement in the Gold Coast University Hospital, according to authorities in northeast Queensland.
“Everything will be alright”
One of the couple’s two sons, Chet, also gave news of his parents in a video message.
“I just hung up the phone. They are fine. They’re not even that sick, ”he said. “They are not worried (…) they will of course take the necessary health precautions.”
“I don’t think there is much to worry about, but I appreciate everyone’s sympathy and encouragement. I think everything will be fine. ”
Tom Hanks was with his wife in Australia for the preparations for the filming of an Australian film Baz Luhrmann devoted to Elvis Presley, and in which the actor with two Oscar must play the impresario of “King”, the famous “Colonel” Tom Parker.
Production of the film has been put on hold.
“We have learned that a member participating in our film on Elvis, currently in pre-production on the Gold Coast, in Australia, has tested positive for Covid-19,” said Warner Bros. studios in a press release sent to the ‘AFP, without naming Tom Hanks.
“We are working with the relevant Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come into direct contact with this person,” the statement said.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the diagnosis fell on Thursday “early, very early.”
“The news was announced by Baz when everyone was there and everyone went home,” he said.
“All the people who were on the set went back home to observe for themselves some forty,” he continued, adding that his own daughter was among those concerned. “The policy is that people who test negative will go back to work.”
It is not known where Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson contracted the disease, which has infected more than 140 people in Australia, three of whom died.
Ms. Wilson, who is an actress and singer, gave a concert in a Brisbane hotel on March 5, and at the Sydney Opera House on March 7.
During their stay in Sydney, the couple also visited the Bondi district, famous for its beach which attracts tourists from all over the world.