Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson back home after Aussie coronavirus battle

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson wave to the crowd at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (pictured at the 2020 Oscars) have returned home after two weeks in coronavirus quarantine in Sydney. Photo: Getty Images.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned home to the US after battling coronavirus in Australia.

The 63-year-old actor and his wife, also 63, were both diagnosed with the virus earlier this month while on the Gold Coast but they have now both returned to Los Angeles after recovering.

They spent two weeks in isolation down under before flying back to LA via private jet on Friday.

The couple appeared happy to be home with PageSix reporting Tom touching the tarmac and doing a ‘celebratory dance’ at the airport after landing.

The Academy Award-winner was then seen beaming as he drive himself and his multi-talented wife away in a black Range Rover SUV.

Tom and Rita test positive

Tom and Rita were in Australia for pre-production of Biz Lurhmann's Elvis Presley biopic, in which Tom will play Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s manager when they discovered they had tested positive for the virus.

On March 11, Tom confirmed he and Rita were Covid-19 positive when he took to Instagram to explain their symptoms making him the first celebrity to go public with their diagnosis.

The Saving Mr. Banks actor wrote at the time: “Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. 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.”

And the following day, Tom gave his fans an update on his health.

He wrote: “Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. 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? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. (sic)”

On March 16, the pair left the Gold Coast University Hospital less than a week after testing positive to begin quarantine at a rental property.

Additional reporting by BANG Showbiz.

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