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Why Tom Hanks is back in quarantine

Tom Hanks became the first notable celebrity to be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus

This Nov. 17, 2019 photo shows Tom Hanks posing for a portrait in New York.
This Nov. 17, 2019, photo shows Tom Hanks posing for a portrait in New York. Hank’s latest film “Greyhound,” premieres this week on Apple TV Plus.
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Actor Tom Hanks has been sent back into quarantine as he has returned to where his diagnosis began in Australia.

What’s going on?

Hanks has returned to Australia to finish filming an Elvis Presley biopic, months after he was first diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

  • Australia Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Hanks would be sent into quarantine and receive random police checks to make sure he hasn’t left.

Hanks and the film’s crew were sent into quarantine immediately upon entering Australia.

  • “Under that plan they have to stay in the place for two weeks just like everybody else and they will have random checks, as my understanding, by the police,” she told Queensland Parliament, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Hanks and coronavirus

Hanks and his wife, singer Rita Wilson, were the first notable American celebrities to be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. He received his diagnosis while filming the Elvis film in Australia.

  • “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 at the time.
  • Hanks wrote days later: “There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no?”