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Is Tom Fletcher leaving Strictly Come Dancing 2021?

STRICTLY was plunged further on September 26 as celebrity dancer Tom Fletcher and his professional partner caught Covid - and may have to drop out of the competition.

Here's what we know about the situation.

Is Tom Fletcher leaving Strictly?

It's uncertain if he will have to leave the show but the blow means that the McFly singer will have to miss next week's show as he goes into ten days of isolation.

And Tom, 36, who's partnered with Amy Dowden, will only be allowed back on the show if he tests negative in time for the following week.

Does Tom Fletcher have to isolate?

A BBC spokesman told The Sun: "Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden have tested positive for Covid-19.

"The pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest government guidelines.

"While they will both miss Saturday’s live show, Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.”

His dance partner Amy, has publicly acknowledged she is vaccinated as she was offered her jabs at an early stage due to the fact she suffers from Crohn's Disease.

She posted on Instagram today: "Unfortunately Tom and I have tested positive for Covid-19.

"I'm not suffering any symptoms but am now isolating at home.

"I have no doubt that over the next 10 days my mind will be going crazy with choreography ideas ready to get back on the Strictly dance floor for the live show in week 3.

"Thank you for all of the support and good luck to all of the couples this week. I will be cheering you all on."

The Covid result came just 24 hours after he opened Strictly's first live show with a cha cha cha, and gained a respectable score of 20 points.

How many episodes will Tom Fletcher miss?

If he is double vaccinated he can take another test in eight days' time and if he tests negative can leave isolation after the eight days.

So it could be just the one episode he misses, but having to miss training, it's more likely he'll have to miss at least two episodes before he's back on screen again.

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