Actor Tom Hanks and his wife, country actress and singer Rita Wilson, tested positive for coronavirus. They are currently being treated in Australia, where they are working on a film about the life of Elvis Presley.
Hanks shared the news on Instagram, explaining his symptoms and those of Wilson. They were tested out of caution – both tests returned positive.
“Well, now. What to do next?” Ask Hanks. “Medical officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks will be tested, observed and isolated as long as public health and safety requires it. Not much more than a day-to-day approach, right?”
Hanks and Wilson are both 63 years old. The couple have been married since 1988 and have two children together.
In 2019 Wilson released a country album called Halfway home and spoke to Taste of country evenings on the project, especially a song called “Throw Me a Party”.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, and when I was diagnosed, I didn’t know what the prognosis was going to be,” said Wilson. Taste of country evenings last April. “I was scared and said to my husband (Tom Hanks),” Look, if something happened to me and I should precede you, please be sad for a very long time, but first I want to a party. I want to have a celebration. ‘So I got this title, “Throw me a party.” “
Liz Rose and Kristian Bush of Sugarland helped Wilson write the song. She later toured with Bush on a co-featured tour. Before the album was released, Wilson made his debut at Grand Ole Opry in October 2018 at the annual Opry Goes Pink event to raise awareness about breast cancer. She battled cancer in 2015.
Hanks and Wilson become the best known victims of coronavirus, but earlier Wednesday March 11, NBA player Rudy Gobert with Utah Jazz also tested positive. As a result, the NBA has suspended its season until further notice.
While postponements and cancellations have started since SXSW’s 2020 cancellation earlier this month, Wednesday has been the most turbulent day in the United States to date. The NCAA has announced that its Division I college basketball tournament will be played without fans. In addition, RodeoHouston has been canceled and the CMA Festival and ACM Awards have announced that they are monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and are working closely with the CDC to plan their next move.
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