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Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have been receiving care.

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have been receiving care.

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have been receiving care.

Tom Hanks has offered thanks to "the helpers" as he and wife Rita Wilson remain in isolation in Australia after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

The Hollywood star shared a photo of a stuffed kangaroo and koala and a piece of toast thickly spread with Australian staple Vegemite.

He wrote: "Thanks to the Helpers. Let's take care of ourselves and each other. Hanx."

This week Hanks announced that he and Wilson (63) had tested positive for Covid-19, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

The couple, who have been married for more than 30 years, are in Australia to film Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic, in which Hanks plays the singer's manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Aussie director Luhrmann, known for films including Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, is also in self-isolation.

He tweeted: "Really must send a big thank-you to the doctors from Queensland Health, who have given us tremendous support and very clear instructions as to how to go about putting our company and the community's health first.

"Very proud to say that the entire production is following these instructions to a T.

"Personally, I'm in isolation for the next 10 days, but wanted to let you guys know that the family and I are healthy and well. We'll keep you updated!"

On Thursday, Hanks wrote on Instagram: "Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else.

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"We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following experts' advice and taking care of ourselves and each other."

Hanks, a double Oscar-winner, referenced his 1992 sports-comedy film A League Of Their Own and added: "Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball."

Hanks, star of films including Catch Me If You Can and the Toy Story movies, is the highest-profile celebrity so far to be diagnosed with Covid-19, which has also infected Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea footballer Callum Hudson-Odoi.