The NCAA March Madness tournament is still on for now, but instead of stadiums full of fans, the games’ audience will include “only essential staff and limited family attendance.” Presumably, everyone will still be able to watch on television.


Finally, American national treasures and married couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus. Hanks is being very Tom Hanks about the whole thing, from addressing the world with an announcement beginning “Hello, folks,” to making a point of adhering to medical protocol in Australia, where he was filming a Baz Luhrmann biopic of Elvis Presley.

Here’s his statement, from a caption on Instagram:

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.

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!


Politico also reported that a staff member in US senator Maria Cantwell’s office tested positive for coronavirus, which would be the first test tied to Congress. That story is still developing.

That’s all for now, folks.

This story was updated to reflect clarifications to European travel restrictions.

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