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Strictly's HRVY warns fans he had no coronavirus symptoms and had no idea he was ill before testing positive

STRICTLY'S Harvey Cantwell has warned fans after testing positive for coronavirus, just weeks before the launch of the BBC show.

The YouTube star, who has been told he cannot leave his home, insisted he had no idea he was ill – hours after The Sun exclusively revealed he had tested positive for Covid.

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Addressing his 4.5million followers on Instagram, HRVY said: "Hi, wasn’t gonna worry anyone and say anything but now the story’s out, I have coronavirus, I’m all good, no symptoms, just isolating for the next 10 days.

"Already super bored so prepare yourselves for my Tik Toks. It just proves that us youngsters can get it and not even realise.

"I’m fine, I’m chilling, but I’m going to be in this bedroom for a while so I’ll see you guys on the other side."

According to the NHS, the three main coronavirus symptoms are a new, continuous cough, a fever and a loss of smell or taste.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also stated tiredness is one of the more common symptoms of Covid-19.

It can take around five or six days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however in some cases it can take up to two weeks.

Those with mild symptoms and are otherwise healthy are advised to self-isolate and manage symptoms at home for at least 10 days to stop the risk of spreading it.

Yesterday, The Sun revealed how the dance show had been thrown into chaos after the pop star tested positive for Covid.


BBC bosses are praying the 21-year-old heartthrob is the only case despite contact with celebs including EastEnders’ Maisie Smith.

HRVY will have to quit if he is not able to recover before celebs are paired with pro partners just four days later.

All the cast face twice weekly tests, with the first taking place on Monday.

A show source said: “This is the last thing Strictly wanted.

“They’ve been jumping through hoops since day one to make sure everything is done safely and with as minimal risk to the cast and crew as possible.

“But with just ten days until the celebrities are introduced to their partners, this is the worst-case scenario.

“Bosses have scrapped the replacements this year so if someone falls sick, that’s it, they’re out. And with a crunched-down run, there is no room for error.”

Harvey promoted the new series at the BBC’s HQ at the weekend with soap star Maisie, ex-NFL star Jason Bell, 42, and Radio 1’s Clara Amfo, 36.

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