Strictly Come Dancing’s Amy Dowden has thanked fans for support after testing positive for Covid and being forced to withdraw from next week’s show.
The pro dancer and her celeb partner Tom Fletcher are now both in isolation following positive Covid tests, and will miss week two - with Tom also having to pull out last minute from a McFly concert due to be held tonight.
Thankfully, both should be back in action by week three of the BBC dancing favourite, and Amy has posted a statement saying she’s feeling hopeful that will be the case.
“Unfortunately, [Tom] and I have tested positive for Covid-19,” she wrote on Instagram.
“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 star was supported by her fellow dance pros, who joined the thousands of messages wishing her a speedy recovery.
Dianne Buswell wrote: “Love you xxx see you back in the d floor soon”, while reigning champion Oti Mabuse added: “We love you can’t wait to see you soon”
Nancy Xu, who is competing for the first time on the show this year, wrote: ”Love you baby girl. see you back in the dance floor soon”
Newcomer Cameron Lombard sent a string of heart emojis, while Karen Hauer simply wrote: “Love you babe”.
A Strictly rep told Mirror Online in a statement: "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.”
The positive tests come amid a reported vaccine row brewing behind the scenes, where it is believed that three pro dancers have "refused" to get the vaccine .
Pro Amy, 30, was one of the first of her age group to receive the vaccine as she has inflammatory bowel condition Crohn’s disease.
A source previously warned that producers are "dreading" an outbreak of coronavirus on set - and news that one celebrity and their partner have already contracted the virus does not bode well for the rest of the series.
Covid previously caused havoc and the last series of Strictly and Dancing On Ice, which saw a number of couples pushed to leave the competition early after catching it.
Strictly were praised for keeping the virus under control last year thanks to their strict guidelines, with only one couple - Nicola Adams and Katya Jones - having to withdraw as a result of catching Covid.
Dancing On Ice lost two of their competing couples - Rufus Hound and Robin Johnstone, and Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer - after they tested positive for coronavirus.
They ended up losing five cast other members due to injury.
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