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Richard Wilkins tests positive for coronavirus

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Nine’s entertainment editor is not showing any symptoms of the virus and has been self-isolating, on his own at home, since Thursday last week.

Nine entertainment editor Richard Wilkins has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Weekend Today host briefly met singer and actress Rita Wilson - who later tested positive for coronavirus - when she made a guest appearance on Today Extra last week and at the Sydney Opera House when she performed on March 7, but at this stage it is unclear where he contracted the virus.

"Richard Wilkins has tested positive to COVID-19. Richard is not showing any symptoms of the virus and has been self-isolating, on his own at home, since Thursday last week," a Nine spokesperson said.

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Richard Wilkins Weekend Today host

"Since he is still without symptoms the authorities advise that he has not knowingly put others at risk, although anyone he has been in contact with prior to Thursday afternoon has been notified and will be tested if they show any symptoms of the virus.

"We want to assure everyone that Richard is feeling well and still without symptoms."

Ms Wilson and her husband, Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks, are currently in isolation at Gold Coast University Hospital after they both tested positive for coronavirus.

The couple are in Australia for production of Baz Luhrmann's untitled Elvis Presley movie, in which Mr Hanks is playing Presley's iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker.

It is believed the pair contracted the virus outside of Australia.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in isolation

Today Extra hosts David Campbell and Belinda Russell, who also spent a short amount of time around Ms Wilson, were also tested for coronavirus and went into in self isolation. They have tested 'not detected'.

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"Of the others at Nine who have been tested, four people, including David Campbell and Belinda Russell have tested 'not detected' and another is still awaiting the results," the Nine spokesperson added.

"Our primary focus is for the well-being of our people and ensuring we continue to provide the Australian community with timely, measured information regarding the most up to date information we have from authorities."

Death toll rises

Meanwhile, Australia's coronavirus death toll has now risen to five after authorities confirmed the deaths of two women in NSW.

A 90-year-old woman died on Saturday and testing confirmed that she had COVID-19, NSW Health said in a statement on Sunday night.

She was a resident of the Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care home, where two other residents have died after becoming infected with the virus.

A 77-year-old Queensland woman has also died from coronavirus, NSW Health said on Sunday.

The woman flew from Brisbane to Sydney on Friday, a Queensland Health spokesman said.

She developed symptoms on the plane, was taken to hospital and died the same day.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces new government measures to take on coronavirus. Picture:  Jacky Ghossein/SMH

PM imposes self-isolation for all arrivals

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned Australians to expect further restrictions and intrusions into their daily lives as the government takes further steps to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

From midnight all people coming to Australia will have to self-isolate for 14 days, while cruise ships will be banned from arriving at Australian ports for an initial 30 days.

While schools will remain open, "social distancing" will be increased and aged care facilities are under review.

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The states will also be considering their own public health emergency status.

Source: 9News

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