The beloved actor and his wife both announced the news via Instagram.
The couple took to Instagram on Wednesday to inform their fans that they found out they had contracted the virus after feeling ill and getting tested. "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," Tom wrote. "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 shared an image from what looked like a doctor's office.
"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," he continued. "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!"
Rita posted a similar message to her Instagram stories.
The couple took the necessary steps as soon as they felt a bit sick during their trip to Australia. In their message, they advised that the right thing to do is to get tested if you feel any of the symptoms like chills, tiredness, and body aches as a precaution so as not to spread the virus to others if you are, in fact, carrying it. The pair, who are both 63, are now in isolation in a Queensland hospital in Australia, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, government officials advise that people who came in close contact with them will need to self-isolate and quarantine.
The couple joined other celebrities like NBA star Rudy Gobert.
It was revealed on Wednesday that NBA player Rudy Gobert, who plays for the Utah Jazz, had also tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA issued a statement on Wednesday night that all remaining games in 2019-2020 season were suspended "until further notice."