Tom Hanks tests positive for coronavirus


Tom Hanks
Actor Tom Hanks poses at the AFI AWARDS 2017 luncheon in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - RC1480564750
Legendary American actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for COVID-19.

The actor is in Australia where he was set to film an Elvis Presley biopic.

Hanks posted a statement to his Twitter page, saying he and his wife “felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches”.

“To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” he said.

Hanks is currently Down Under to film a movie about the life of Elvis Presley directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann.

The 63-year-old is playing the role of Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s eccentric manager.

Production on the film is due to start on Monday.

Warner Bros, the studio behind the film, released a statement saying it was working with Australian health agencies, but it did not name Hanks.

“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in the Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus),” said the statement.

“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 is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.

“The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has just announced travel to the US from Europe will be suspended for the next 30 days due to COVID-19, with an exemption for the UK.

“To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,” Trump said.

“The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight.”



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