Tom Hanks tests positive for coronavirus

Tom Hanks and his wife.
Tom Hanks and his wife. Photo credit: Getty

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have confirmed they have tested positive for coronavirus.

The 63-year-old actor made the anouncement in an Instagram post explaining they had started to display symptoms while in Australia getting ready to film Baz Lurhmann's Elvis Presley movie. 

"Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," Hanks wrote next to an image of a surgical rubber glove in a bin. 

"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?

"We'll keep the world posted and updated.

"Take care of yourselves!"

The couple's son Chet Hanks posted a video to his Instagram on Thursday night where he said they only have mild symptoms.

"It's true my parents got coronavirus, crazy. They are both down in Australia right now cause my dad was shooting a movie down there but I just got off the phone with them and they are both fine, they are not even that sick, they're not worried about it."

He said they are going through the necessary health precautions and he urged other people to stay safe.

Warner Bros, the production company behind Lurhmann's upcoming film, released a statement to Deadline.

"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)," the statement read.  

"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." 

At the time of publishing, Australia has 127 confirmed cases of COVID-19 resulting in three deaths so far.

Hit television series Riverdale, which is also produced by Warner Bros, has halted production out of an "abundance of caution" after a team member came into contact with a person who tested positive for the virus.