Wednesday, March 11, 2020 has been a day. Italy announced a nearly all-encompassing quarantine. Donald Trump addressed America from the Oval Office for only the second time to announce a travel ban from Europe (but not the United Kingdom). The NCAA has announced that March Madness will be played without crowds. Late shows and game shows have announced that they’ll be performing without audiences.
And now, Oscar-winning actor, author, humanitarian, and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me guest host Tom Hanks has now announced that he and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. And the NBA just announced that they’re canceling the remainder of the 2020-2021 season.
Hanks made his announcement via Twitter:
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 12, 2020
Meanwhile, after top U.S. health official Anthony Fauci testified earlier on Wednesday that the NBA should avoid playing games in front of crowds, and Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert was announced to have tested positive for COVID-19, ESPN basketball reporter Adrian “Woj” Wojnarowski reported on Twitter:
The NBA has suspended the season.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
The NBA's exploring ways to allow the league to continue playing and televising games during the coronavirus crisis, even with it increasingly likely that'll be done in empty arenas. The Board of Governors/owners with NBA was set for 4:30 PM ET. https://t.co/0tRBGXtIil
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 11, 2020