Hollywood actor Tom Hanks, wife Rita test positive for coronavirus

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 11 Mar 2020

Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Tom Hanks on Thursday said he and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus in Australia.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the actor said: "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."


"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," he said.


The World Health Organization on Wednesday labelled the outbreak of the coronavirus as a 'pandemic'.

Speaking on the outbreak, WHO said: "Of the 118,000 cases reported globally in 114 countries, more than 90 percent of cases are in just four countries, and two of those – China and the Republic of Korea - have significantly declining epidemics."


WHO said there are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives.


WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "In the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled."


  He said WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock.


"We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction," he said.


"We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic," he said.


"Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death," he said.


"Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do," he said.


He said the world has not seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus.


"This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time," Ghebreyesus said.

Video of the day
More Entertainment News
Recent Photos and Videos

Web Statistics