'Shutting down': Lisa Wilkinson flees LA amid coronavirus

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

The Project host Lisa Wilkinson has revealed she is eager to get back to Australia after spending time in Los Angeles interviewing a celebrity for the program.

Taking to Instagram Lisa updated her fans on the ‘major celeb interview’ she had been able to secure for The Project.

But she also revealed she was headed back to Australia asap, as America ‘feels like it’s shutting down’ amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen US President Trump already shut the boarders to travellers from Europe for a month.

“America feels like it’s shutting down, and I don’t know how much longer these borders are going to be open,” she wrote, sharing an image of her in LA.

“Australia, here I come... Be safe everyone. Wash your hands. And look after each other”

Lisa has been in LA for a celebrity interview. Photo: Instagram/lisawilkinson

Tom Hanks is first celebrity to test positive for coronavirus

It comes just a day after Tom Hanks was revealed to be the first high-profile celebrity to test positive for the coronavirus.

The actor and his wife Rita Wilson, both 63, were struck down by the virus while visiting the Gold Coast in Australia.

Tom and Rita have tested positive for the coronavirus. Photo: Getty

The couple confirmed the news with a statement on Wednesday.

“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” Tom wrote on Instagram.

“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!”

Australia reacts to coronavirus

Australia is reeling by the global pandemic that has already seen Italy place under lockdown.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced an $18 billion rescue package with funding for small businesses, pensioners and the aged-care sector among its largest elements.

The pandemic has caused some panic among worried members of the public seeking to prepare for the worst, now experts are stepping in with clear guidelines of what exactly you should be stocking up on ahead of potential isolation.

On Thursday night Scott Morrison sought to calm the nation in a prime time television address.

The government’s plan, he said, consists of three goals: “To protect Australia’s health, to secure jobs and livelihoods and to set Australia up to bounce back stronger.”

He did not reveal any new details but was keen to tout an economic stimulus package he unveiled Thursday saying “we all have a role to play”.

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