Tom Hanks has thanked "everyone in Australia who looked after us" after spending two weeks in quarantine with his wife Rita Wilson.

The 63-year-old actor and his partner were among the first celebrities to announce they had tested positive for coronavirus. 

The Hollywood couple recently returned home to Los Angeles, and Hanks has assured fans that he and Wilson will continue to self-isolate.

Taking to Twitter, Hanks encouraged people to practice social distancing, while thanking "all of you who reached out with well wishes".

"Hey, Folks... We're home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing," he said.

"Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA.

"And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx."

The Forrest Gump star broke the news he and 63-year-old Wilson has contracted the virus just weeks ago. They were out in Queensland, Australia, where Tom was shooting a film about Elvis Presley alongside Baz Luhrmann.

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