Strictly bosses wont increase testing following Tom and Amys Covid diagnosis

Tom Fletcher pulls out of remaining McFly tour due to covid

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On Sunday, the BBC issued a statement confirming singer Tom Fletcher and his Strictly Come Dancing partner Amy Dowden’s diagnosis on COVID-19, and stated that it is hoped the duo can return to the show next week. After just one live show, the contestants have had to follow in the footsteps of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, who faced the same dilemma in last year’s series. Unfortunately, the two had to leave the show because of the virus.

The BBC has confirmed there are no plans to increase COVID-19 testing despite the setback.

“Tom and Amy’s positive test was the worst possible news,” an insider admitted.

They added: “After days of negative headlines about dancers not getting the jab, producers had hoped the start of the show would see them turn a corner and put this story to bed.

“So for Amy and Tom to go down with COVID was absolutely crushing news and left everyone dismayed.”

“But BBC bosses are refusing to panic,” the insider continued, speaking to MailOnline.

They added that measures are “as good as can be” and that nothing was going to be “bulletproof”.

Amy accompanied Tom during a show he was doing as part of his UK tour with band McFly.

Alarms were raised after To had to pull out of Sunday’s show after he fell ill.

Taking to his Instagram page, he shared a statement from McFly which said: “Unfortunately Tom is unwell and won’t be on stage with us tonight in Glasgow.

“Tom 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!”

Later, another post updated fans to inform them the 36-year-old had in fact tested positive for COVID-19.

“Further to our last message we can now confirm that Tom has tested positive for Covid-19,” it stated.

It continued: “He is now self-isolating and following the latest government guidelines.

“Please join us in wishing him a speedy recovery.”

Meanwhile, dancer Amy, 31, shared a written post to her own Instagram followers.

She had penned: “Unfortunately Tom and I have tested positive for Covid-19.

“I’m not suffering from 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.”

In a statement, the BBC said: “The BBC has never commented nor confirmed the vaccination status of anyone on the show. It’s not our place to.

“It is not the case that concerns have been raised with the BBC or the Strictly production team from dancers or celebrities about vaccination, or that they have threatened to quit.

“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.

“The cast, crew and everyone working on Strictly are focused on this weekend’s first live show and delivering another brilliant series.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.

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