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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson confirm they have coronavirus

They are the first high-profile celebrities to go public with their diagnosis.
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American actor Tom Hanks has taken to Instagram to confirm he and his wife of 32 years, Rita Wilson, have tested positive to coronavirus.

Despite the global panic as COVID-19 is officially upgraded to a pandemic, the Forrest Gump star kept a level head when making his announcement.

“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,” Tom penned to his 6.7 million followers, alongside a photo of a medical glove in the bin.

“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! Hanx!” Tom signed off the post.

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are currently in isolation in a Gold Coast hospital.

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Tom and Rita are currently in Australia ahead of Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming untitled Elvis Presley movie from Warner Bros, where Hanks is set to play Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker.

It’s believed the couple are currently in isolation in a Gold Coast hospital and production on the biopic has been paused.

In 2013, the Oscar award-winning actor revealed on US television that he suffers from type 2 diabetes.

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The 63-year-old revealed his diagnosis after chat show host David Letterman commented on his slim appearance.

Hanks admitted that he had been experiencing symptoms of the disease – which is the result of the body not producing enough insulin – for 20 years.

“I went to the doctors and they said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been living with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man,” he said at the time.

“It’s controllable through diet. My doctor said, ‘If you can weight what you weighed in high school you’ll essentially be completely healthy and not have type 2 diabetes.’

“And I said, ‘Well, I’m going to have type 2 diabetes then,” he said, noting that he was a ‘very skinny boy.'”

Tom and Rita are the first celebrities to go public with having the virus after actor Daniel Radcliffe was forced to deny fake news claims he’d contracted the illness.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Tom also suffers from type 2 diabetes.

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