Strictly contestant HRVY tests positive for coronavirus

Strictly Come Dancing contestant HRVY has tested positive for coronavirus.

The singer and YouTube star, 21, announced the news on social media, telling fans he does not have any symptoms and is now isolating for 10 days.

He 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.”

A BBC spokesman confirmed a member of the Strictly Come Dancing group had tested positive.

They added: “We have rigorous protocols in place to manage Covid-19 as the safety of all those involved in the production is paramount.”

It is understood HRVY is still set to take part in the launch show, depending on a negative test result, and that he only came into contact with a handful of production crew.

They all then isolated and got tested and it is believed there was a minimal impact on production.

This year’s Strictly is shorter than usual due to the pandemic. HRVY will be joining other contestants including comedian Bill Bailey, former home secretary Jacqui Smith, actress Caroline Quentin, reality star Jamie Laing and boxer Nicola Adams.

Discussing joining the show, HRVY said: “I’m proper nervous but I’m buzzing. I don’t think it’s the dancing – it’s the tight shirts and the tight trousers.”

He said: “I’ve grown up watching it. I can’t wait for the challenge.

“I really want to win… If I go out on the first week I’ll have to change my name and leave the country!”