He continued: “To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”
The Forrest Gump star went on to say that he and Rita will now play the waiting game – in isolation – until they are given more instructions by medical and hospital staff.
“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. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!” he concluded.
Shocked fans were quick to take to Instagram to show their support for the star, with some even adding a hint of lighthearted humour to soften the surprising of the news.
“What kind of world are we living in when even Forest Gump isn't safe from Corona?!” one fan wrote.
A second person stated: “Be safe, take care of yourselves, and get well soon!”
A third person added: “Both of you guys will be fine. God bless.”
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