The news of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s diagnosis of coronavirus has made shivers in Hollywood, also because the authorities believe that the couple caught the virus in the United States or on their way to Australia.
While local health officials rush to track down anyone who came in contact with the couple on the Gold Coast, where Hanks was shooting Baz Lurhmann’s biographical film about Elvis, and in Sydney and Brisbane where Wilson performed in shows, similar scenes were play in Los Angeles.
The couple’s social media accounts show that they rubbed themselves off with some of the world’s biggest stars – including Oprah Winfrey, Jonas Brothers and Renée Zellweger – on a trip to Los Angeles before they proved positive for the virus in Australia.
Hanks and Wilson, both 63, were among seven people who tested positive for the virus in Queensland on Thursday. The state virus toll rose to 35, with eight new cases Friday, including home affairs minister Peter Dutton.
All seven patients diagnosed Thursday recently traveled to Australia from overseas, or were in close contact with someone they had had, and are believed to have contracted the virus outside the country.
On Thursday morning, Warner Bros issued a statement stating that a cast member of the Elvis film had proven positive for the virus and that precautions had been taken to ensure the safety of the other crew members.
“We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come into direct contact with the individual,” says the statement, which did not mention Hanks.
If the couple contracted the virus in the United States, rather than on the return flight to Australia, the chance of them being infectious while asymptomatic increases.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is believed to be between five and 14 days with an average of 5.1 days. However, there have been cases of patients who fell ill for up to 27 days after exposure.
WHERE HANKS AND WILSON WENT TO LA
On February 6, Hanks and Wilson returned for the Oscars, where he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
The ceremony took place on February 9 – over three weeks before the couple fell ill in Australia.
On 28 February Wilson was the guest of honor at a star-studded breast cancer fundraising extravagance held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
“An unforgettable evening” raised over $ 1.8 million ($ 2.86 million) for the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, an important charity for Wilson, a breast cancer survivor who suffered a double mastectomy and reconstruction in 2015.
She was photographed with some of the biggest names in the industry, including musician Nick Jonas, actor Ken Jeong, supermodel designer and mentor Tom Ford and actor Renée Zellweger.
“LA, you blow me up with your generosity,” Wilson wrote on Instagram.
“Tonight we raised so much money for breast cancer research! @wcrfcure @bcrfcure THANK YOU! @jonasbrothers performed and shook the house. Everyone is dancing! @nickjonas @joejonas @kevinjonas thank you very much!
“Our emcee, real-life doctor and fantastic actor @kenjeong you are the best! @Tomford #richardbuckley you are the funniest dinner partner #reneezellweger Your speech was so beautiful.
“Thanks for being our Brave Woman recipient tonight. @mozellamusic @rodaworld so happy that you are both there to shine your lights! Let’s find a cure. We can never give up! “
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It’s unclear exactly when the couple returned to Australia, but Hanks was caught by fans on the Gold Coast on February 29 while his wife, who was still Instagramming from Los Angeles in early March, appears to have followed a few days later.
On March 1, Wilson released a video of herself stuck in traffic on a Los Angeles highway en route to Oprah’s word show.
“Riding on the old city street to get to you, but our horse is stuck in traffic,” he wrote, labeling the talk show queen in the caption.
In a bizarre turn, Winfrey lost his balance and fell on stage during the performance, although there is no indication that the fall was the result of an illness. The Time Time Espanol posted a video of the accident on its Instagram page.
WHERE TOM HANKS ND RITA WILSON WENT TO AUSTRALIA
Tom Hanks was in Australia for several weeks during the filming of Baz Luhrmann’s biographical film about Elvis Presley.
It arrived on the Gold Coast on January 26th and was spotted at several holiday resorts in Queensland and New South Wales.
On January 29, he took a selfie with a fan on a Gold Coast beach. On January 31st, he then said goodbye to the photographers as he strolled along Broadbeach beach.
On February 2, he dined at Mavis’ kitchen and booths at Mount Warning. The following day he entered the Bon Bon bar on Mermaid Beach in February, where he took a funny photo with two young diners.
On February 6, Hanks returned to the United States for the Oscars, where he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in A nice day in the neighborhood.
He was then filmed on the Gold Coast on February 29, taking a photo with two other fans.
On March 5 Wilson performed in a concert in Brisbane at the Emporium Hotel in South Bank.
The luxury hotel is now taking “active steps” to inform staff, said general manager Charles Martin.
“Extra hygiene precautions were already in place since the first international coronavirus outbreak in January,” he said The courier’s mail.
Wilson and Hanks were spotted sipping a beer at Sydney’s Bondi RSL on March 6 before Wilson performed at the Sydney Opera House on March 7.
“Performing in this iconic place is unlike any other. And the warmth of the audience made me feel welcome. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, “he wrote on Instagram, next to a photo of him next to the famous passages of the building.
More than 200 people attended the show and the organizers said they got in touch with anyone who had had close contact with the couple.
On March 9, Hanks and Wilson took a boat ride around Sydney Harbor, taking photos on Bondi Beach and again outside the Opera House.
Wilson also visited Channel 9 studios in Sydney, where she performed and was interviewed by presenters David Campbell and Belinda Russell on Extra today to exhibit.
Campbell, Russell and all other staff members who had “prolonged” contact with the star were asked to self-isolate.
“Nine took steps today in line with our crisis response plan around a visit to our Rita Wilson studio on Monday this week for an appearance on Extra today with David Campbell and Belinda Russell, ”said the network in a statement on Thursday.
“Our actions are in line with the guidelines established by the government and health authorities.
“Those who were in prolonged contact with Ms. Wilson have been tested and have been insulating themselves for 14 days.”
Campbell said 2GB he did not shake Wilson’s hand during his visit, and she had shown no obvious symptoms at the time.
“It came in Extra today she studied on Monday and she was delightful and really nice and had no symptoms of anything, “she said.
“She was cautious. He actually made a joke upon entering the studios, saying that we shouldn’t shake hands, we should bang our elbows. So we hit the elbows. “
Tracy Grimshaw, who is recovering from surgery, had no contact with Wilson but did not host A current relationship Thursday night “as a precaution,” said Nine.
Wilson did his hair and makeup in the same room that Grimshaw uses as a dressing room, The Australian relationships.
A total of 126 coronavirus cases have now been confirmed across Australia, with 64 in New South Wales, 18 in Victoria, 17 in Queensland, 8 in South Australia, 7 in Western Australia and 2 in Tasmania.
Most cases are said to have had a “direct or indirect travel connection” with countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Iran and Italy, according to the Department of Health.
THE BEAUTICIAN WAS ALL CLEAR
A Sydney beautician claims that she was given the “all clear” by NSW Health after taking a selfie with actor Tom Hanks a few days before he tested positive for the coronavirus.
“We can all breathe. I can’t do it, “wrote Val Flores on Facebook.
Flores met Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson at Mr Wong, a famous Cantonese restaurant in Sydney’s CBD, on March 8th.
“Selfie done by Tom Hanks himself. Wow … the royalty of Hollywood in Sydney. Only people can take photos with Tom Hanks and his beautiful wife Rita Wilson, “she wrote online, along with two photos of herself with the stars.
But just four days later, Hanks announced on Instagram that he and Rita had proven positive for COVID-19 after feeling bad.
“We felt a little tired, as if we had a cold and some muscle pain. Rita had chills that came and went. Mild fevers too, “he said on Instagram.
“To play well, as is necessary in the world right now, we have been tested for coronavirus and it has tested positive.”
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Health authorities advise anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person to self-isolate for 14 days. But close contact is defined as at least 15 minutes of face-to-face interaction or at least two hours in the same enclosed space, which means that Flores has been given everything clear.
“All clear from NSW Health. Fewer casual contacts in less than 15 minutes, no physical contact and no symptoms, “he wrote on Facebook.
A spokesman for Merivale, who owns Mr. Wong said that all staff who were “less than a meter from Mr. Hanks and his side” are in “self-isolation” and would not return to work until it was deemed “appropriate”.
In the meantime, celebrities like Tim Allen, Ellen DeGeneres, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mia Farrow, have hurried to wish the stars a speedy recovery.
“Woody, I should have made you wear two spacesuits! You and Rita rest and be well! Said Allen, who played Buzz Lightyear alongside Hanks on Disney Toy Story.
“Wishing you both a speedy recovery and sending lots of love,” said DeGeneres.
The American comedian Whitney Cummings joked: “I mean, Tom Hanks is who would play the boy in the coronavirus movie.”
“It’s as if he chose the celebrity we cared about most to make a point,” he added.
Meanwhile, actor Jameela Jamil praised Hanks for his “calm” announcement on social media.
“A calm and sensible note from the man I wish was president. I hope they feel better soon and are happy to be in good sanitized hands # Hanks2024, “he tweeted.
Hanks Colin’s son also moved in to assure fans on Twitter that his parents were in good hands.
“My parents are receiving excellent care in Australia and are well (and in a good mood) under the circumstances,” he said.
“Despite the fact that I’m in Los Angeles and haven’t seen them in over three weeks, we have been in constant contact and are confident that they will be able to fully recover.”