Entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins has spoken about the “bizarre” nature of his coronavirus diagnosis after coming into contact with Tom Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson.
Channel Nine confirmed on Sunday evening that the presenter, 65, who briefly met Wilson during her visit to the network’s studios, tested positive.
Wilson and her husband, actor Tom Hanks, tested positive for COVID-19 on the Gold Coast on Thursday.
Wilkins’ diagnosis came when the coronavirus death toll rose to five on Sunday and Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that all people coming to Australia should isolate themselves for 14 days from Monday, with fines and even jail time for those who don’t follow the rules to hold .
Wilkins spoke of the “bizarre feeling” of contracting the virus, despite showing no effects late on a Twitter post on Sunday evening.
Entertainment reporter Wilkins shared this photo of him and Rita Wilson after performing at the Sydney Opera House last Saturday. He has now tested positive for the coronavirus – a diagnosis he described as ‘bizarre’
Wilkins spoke of the ‘bizarre feeling’ of contracting the disease, despite not having any effects on Twitter late on Sunday night
“Hey … sincerely thank you for all the messages … I really appreciate it,” he said.
“It’s actually a bizarre feeling to be tested positive for this thing we’ve all talked about.
“I feel 100% … no symptoms at all! Thanks again … love for all RW xx ‘
Friday said Wilkins The Australian he was ‘separated some time ago’ from dancer Virginia Burmeister.
His son Christian Wilkins also spoke about the diagnosis on Sunday evening.
“I was unaware of my father’s positive diagnosis for the coronavirus,” he said, before confirming he would be tested for the virus himself on Monday morning.
Wilson and her husband, actor Tom Hanks, (pictured together) tested positive for the Gold Coast COVID-19 virus on Thursday
Today’s weather forecaster Tim Davies will also isolate himself as he returns to Australian soil following the government’s new isolation rule for international travelers
The announcement came when the coronavirus death toll rose to five in Australia on Sunday, with nearly 300 confirmed cases
Negative: Channel Nine reported that Today Extra hosts Belinda Russell (right) and David Campbell (left) tested negative
Today’s weather forecaster Tim Davies will also isolate himself when he returns to Australia on Monday – the day the new government rule for travelers comes into effect.
Wilkins was waiting for results after interacting with singer Rita Wilson on Monday during her visit to Channel Nine’s Willoughby studios.
Additional hosts Belinda Russell and David Campbell tested negative today.
Wilkins had been in contact with singer Rita Wilson (right) during her visit to Channel Nine’s Willoughby studios on Monday
Those who were in close contact with him were isolated, Channel nine reported.
“Richard Wilkins has tested positive for COVID-19,” said a spokesman for the network.
Richard shows no symptoms of the virus and has been isolating himself at home since Thursday last week.
A few days before confirming his diagnosis, Wilkins had told The Australian’s Media Diary that he had been “separated from dancer Virginia Burmeister” (pictured together) “some time ago.”
Since he still has no symptoms, the authorities advise that he did not knowingly endanger others, although everyone he contacted before Thursday afternoon has been informed and will be tested for symptoms of the virus.
“We want to assure everyone that Richard feels good and is still without symptoms.”
Wilkins was in the company of Olivia Newton-John, 71, and Paul Hogan, 80, five days ago.
Wilkins wrote on social media last Sunday about his interactions with the singer and wife of Hollywood actor Tom Hanks
It is not known whether the singer or the actor has been isolated or has been tested after close contact with the reporter.
Wilkins had spoken on social media about his interaction with Wilson and shared a photo of the two on Sunday after performing at the Sydney Opera House.
Nine confirmed that Wilkins was tested last Thursday, with a statement at the time: “Richard is in the very low-risk category because he spoke to Rita Wilson briefly, but has been tested and is currently off pending results. We hope he’s on air this weekend. ‘
People over the age of 60 are at a higher risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization.
Close: Wilkins waited for results after interacting with singer Rita Wilson (pictured) during her visit to Nine’s Willoughby studios on Monday
Measures: The report found that those in close contact with him were isolated
Contact: Wilkins was with Olivia Newton-John, 71, (center) and Paul Hogan, 80, (right) five days ago
Rita had appeared as a guest on the morning show Today Extra last Monday.
She was interviewed by Campbell and Russell and also performed live.
Campbell told 2GB’s Afternoons on Thursday with Deborah Knight: “I interviewed her on Monday, Deb. She came to the Today Extra studios on Monday and she was lovely and very nice and had no symptoms of anything.
“She was careful. She actually joked when she entered the studios and said we should not shake hands, we should hit elbows. So we hit elbows. ‘
Safety First: During her visit to Channel Nine headquarters, Rita used the dressing room of Tracy Grimshaw, host of A Current Affair (pictured). As a precaution, Tracy was advised not to host an ACA on Thursday night, as she had recently undergone “minor surgery.”
He added that he felt “perfectly fine” and was not too concerned about the risk because he had only spent “seven or eight minutes” with Rita.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 298
New South Wales: 134
South Australia: 20
Western Australia: 18
Northern Territory: 1
Australian Capital Territory: 1
TOTAL CASES: 298
While visiting Channel Nine headquarters, Rita used the dressing room of A Current Affair presenter Tracy Grimshaw.
As a precaution, Grimshaw was advised not to host an ACA on Thursday evening.
Tom Hanks revealed on Instagram on Thursday that he and his wife had symptoms including a cold, body aches and chills before they decided to get tested.
He wrote, “Hello people. Rita and I are here in Australia. We felt a little tired, like we had a cold, and some body aches.
“Rita had some chills coming and going. Slight fever too. To play things right, as is now necessary in the world, we were tested for the corona virus and proved positive.
‘Well now. What should I do now? Medical officials have protocols to be followed. We Hanks’ are tested, observed and isolated for as long as public health and safety require.
He wrote, “Rita had chills. Slight fever too. In order to play things properly, as is now necessary in the world, we were tested for the coronavirus and we turned out to be positive ‘
Moving: Tom and Rita have visited several cities in Australia this month, making stops in Sydney and Brisbane, while mainly based on the Gold Coast. Picture: Rita on Saturday outside the Sydney Opera House
“There isn’t much more to it than a one day at a time approach, isn’t there? We keep the world informed and up to date. Take care of yourself! Hanx! ‘
Hanks had arrived in Australia on January 26 to begin pre-production of a Baz Luhrmann-directed film about Elvis Presley, in which he plays Presley’s longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
He and Rita have visited several East Coast cities this month, making stops in Sydney and Brisbane, mainly based on the Gold Coast.
Symptoms of the virus are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath
The couple is currently being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital in Queensland.
Mr. Morrison announced on Sunday that all people coming to Australia should isolate themselves from midnight for 14 days.
The prime minister also announced that cruise ships should not be allowed to dock in Australian ports for at least 30 days.
It tracks the number of confirmed cases in Australia that have risen to nearly 300.
“This is very important. What we’ve seen in recent weeks is that more countries are having problems with the virus and that means the source of some of those transitions – the transmissions are from those countries, ”he said.
Penalties for non-self-isolation are determined by states and territories.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Sunday that all people coming to Australia should isolate themselves from midnight for 14 days
Social distance measures are now also required, said Mr Morrison.
As of Monday, meetings of more than 500 people are prohibited.
Restrictions on large gatherings in confined spaces such as theaters are expected to be made later in the week.
Mr Morrison said the measures were designed to limit social interactions and reduce the risk of a widespread outbreak.
“There won’t be any handshakes … something that wasn’t needed a few weeks ago. It is a precautionary measure, “he said.
“There will be more break-ins and further restrictions on people’s movements.”