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Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Back on U.S. Soil After Being Quarantined In Australia

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By Whitney Vasquez

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are back home after testing positive for coronavirus while filming in Australia over 2 weeks ago. The "Forrest Gump" star and his actress wife were seen driving around their neighborhood in Los Angeles on Friday after spending several weeks quarantining Down Under. Tom Hanks was photographed driving his matte black Range Rover as Rita Wilson sat beside him in the passenger seat. The Oscar-winning actor sported a smile while wearing a gray t-shirt and baseball cap while Rita Wilson wore her hair down and her black-rimmed glasses.

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Back in L.A.

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Their return to U.S. soil comes just days after Tom Hanks gave fans an update on how the couple was feeling. Releasing their joint statement on Twitter, the actor wrote, "Hey, folks. Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better" while encouraging others to stay inside. "Sheltering in place works like this: You don’t give it to anyone — You don’t get it from anyone. Common sense, no?” he tweeted on Sunday, March 22. “Going to take awhile, but if we take care of each other, help where we can, and give up some comforts… this, too, shall pass. We can figure this out.”

Revealing Their Diagnosis:

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were the first celebrities to reveal they had tested positive for coronavirus. They were in Australia's Gold Coast where Tom Hanks was filming Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley biopic. He is playing the musician's longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker. After his diagnosis, the film's production was shut down. According to a representative, Tom Hanks seems to be the only person on the set who caught the virus. The couple, both 63 years old, was forced to quarantine overseas before returning home.

Other Celebrities Infected:

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Since then, several celebrities have revealed they too have been diagnosed with coronavirus. "Top Chef" star and world-renowned chef Floyd Cardoz died after contracting the virus. He was only 59 years old. "New Amsterdam" actor Daniel Dae Kim says he tested positive for COVID-19 after the hit show's production was shut down. Idris Elba, Andy Cohen, and "Bachelor" star Colton Underwood have also contracted the virus. It's also hit the sports world with Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announcing they were infected.

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