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Strictly Come Dancing ‘refuses to increases Covid testing’ despite Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden’s positive result

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Tom and Amy are currently self-isolating (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing isn’t expected to tighten their Covid protocols despite Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden testing positive for the virus, according to reports.

It was announced on Sunday that the singer and professional dancer had contracted the illness after the first live show, and they are now self-isolating.

‘While they will both miss Saturday’s live show, Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that, all being well, they will return the following week,’ a spokesperson said at the time.

‘Strictly has and will continue to follow government guidelines in order to keep everyone safe.’

However, the Mail Online reports said the BBC has said there are no plans to increase testing as they are ‘satisfied’ by the measures they currently have.

‘BBC bosses are refusing to panic,’ an insider told the publication. ‘They believe the measures in place are as good as they can be. They’ve always been clear that nothing is going to be bulletproof and producers can only follow Government guidelines.

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Amy announced the news in a statement shared on social media (Picture: Instagram)

‘They are now just hoping nobody else comes down with the virus because that would really put the show in danger of being cancelled.’

A Strictly spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘We have in place strict procedures to protect those on the show and the wider production. Among the many measures in place on Strictly, the dancers are tested regularly to be in close contact with their partners.’

Tom and Amy are unable to practise together for 10 days, and Tom will miss McFly’s next tour performance on Sunday night.

The singer said he is ‘so, so sorry’ to miss the gig and his band will perform without him at The SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow.

McFly said on Twitter: ‘Unfortunately Tom is unwell and won’t be onstage with us tonight in Glasgow.

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The pair are unable to rehearse for 10 days (Picture: Instagram)

‘He sends huge and heartfelt apologies to all the fans he won’t see tonight.

‘The show will still be going ahead, we’re looking forward to seeing you all and need you guys to sing extra loud for us tonight.’

Fellow Strictly contestant Dan Walker has said it ‘could happen to us at any time’ in response to his co-stars testing positive.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, the presenter said: ‘Of all the places I’ve been in the last few months, Strictly is the strictest place in terms of following all those regulations.’

He added: ‘We’ve all accepted that it could happen to any of us at any time.

‘We just follow the guidelines, we social distance and wear face coverings where you can, and basically the only time we’re not doing that is when we’re on the telly, isn’t it?’

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One.


Credit: Original article published here.

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