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Actors Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson say they have tested positive for coronavirus

Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have announced they have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The couple were in Australia and felt tired, with colds, body aches and slight fever

Tom Hanks, left, and Rita Wilson attending at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ( Jordan Strauss/Invision/The Associated Press)

Tom Hanks and his actress-singer wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus, the actor said in a statement Wednesday.

Hanks said the couple are in Australia and felt tired, with colds, body aches and slight fevers. "To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus and were found to be positive," Hanks said.

The 63-year-old Oscar-winner said they will be "tested, observed and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires."

"Not much more to it than a one-day-a-time approach, no?" added Hanks.

Hanks is in Australia shooting an untitled Elvis Presley biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann. Hanks plays Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The film, currently slated for release in October 2021, has suspended production, Warner Bros. said.

Hanks and Wilson, 63, were married in 1988. In 2013, Hanks disclosed that he has type 2 diabetes.

Hanks also posted his message on social media with an image of a surgical glove in a garbage can. He signed off saying: "Take care of yourselves!"

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

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