Dan Walker insists Strictly’s stars have accepted their time on the show could be disrupted by Covid

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dan Walker has said it “could happen to us at any time” after his co-star Tom Fletcher tested positive for Covid-19.

The McFly singer and his professional partner Amy Dowden will be absent from the show on Saturday after testing positive for the virus a day after the series’ first live show.

Presenter Walker said on BBC Breakfast: ‘Of all the places I’ve been in recent months, Strictly is the strictest place in terms of complying with all those regulations.’

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dan Walker has said it ‘could happen to us at any time’ after his co-star Tom Fletcher tested positive for Covid-19 [pictured Monday morning]

He added: “We have all accepted that it could happen to us at any time.

“We just follow the guidelines, we keep our distance and wear face coverings where we can, and really we only do that when we’re on the TV, don’t we?”

Walker said he spoke to Dowden over the weekend and added: “I had a chat with Amy on Saturday, but she was on one side of the stairs, I was on the other, you actively stay away from each other.” . otherwise, that’s how it is.’

Contestant Nina Wadia, who was a guest on Dan’s breakfast show Monday, said, “We’ll stay in our pairs because that’s the safest bubble you’ve got.”

The McFly singer and his professional partner Amy Dowden will be absent from the show on Saturday after testing positive for the virus a day after the series' first live show.

The McFly singer and his professional partner Amy Dowden will be absent from the show on Saturday after testing positive for the virus a day after the series’ first live show.

The new series Strictly Come Dancing has been embroiled in controversy over reports that three of the professional dancers have not been vaccinated, although there is no suggestion that Fletcher or Dowden were among this number.

Dowden previously spoke of her excitement about getting the jab in an Instagram post in February.

The BBC announced on Sunday afternoon that Fletcher and Dowden have contracted the virus and are going into self-isolation.

They said in a statement: “Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden have tested positive for Covid-19. The couple are now separately in self-isolation under the latest government guidelines.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, presenter Walker said: 'Of all the places I've been in the past few months, Strictly is the strictest place in terms of complying with all those regulations' [pictured with Nadiya Bychkova on Saturday's show]

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, presenter Walker said: ‘Of all the places I’ve been in the past few months, Strictly is the strictest place in terms of complying with all those regulations’ [pictured with Nadiya Bychkova on Saturday’s show]

“While they will both miss Saturday’s live show, the Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that if all goes well, they’ll be back next week.

“Has and will strictly follow government guidelines to keep everyone safe.”

Dowden wrote on Instagram: “Unfortunately, Tom and I have tested positive for Covid-19.

“I don’t have any symptoms, but I’m in isolation at home now.

None of that!  The pair won't be able to rehearse together for 10 days and Fletcher will miss McFly's next performance on Sunday night

None of that! The pair won’t be able to rehearse together for 10 days and Fletcher will miss McFly’s next performance on Sunday night

“I have no doubt that for the next 10 days I will be going crazy with choreography ideas to get back on the Strict dance floor for the live show in week 3!

‘Thank you for all the support and good luck to all couples this week. I will cheer you all on!’

Fletcher reposted the message on his own Instagram story.

The pair will not be able to rehearse together for 10 days and Fletcher will miss McFly’s next performance on Sunday night.

Fellow contestant Nina Wadia, who was a guest on Dan's breakfast show Monday, said: 'We'll stay in our pairs because that's the kind of safest bubble you've got'

Fellow contestant Nina Wadia, who was a guest on Dan’s breakfast show Monday, said: ‘We’ll stay in our pairs because that’s the kind of safest bubble you’ve got’

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

McFly said on Twitter: “Unfortunately Tom is unwell and will not be on stage with us tonight in Glasgow.

He offers his sincere apologies to all the fans he will not see tonight.

“The show continues as we are looking forward to seeing you all and need you to sing extra loud for us tonight.”

The BBC has previously said it is “not the case” that dancers or celebrity contestants have threatened to quit Strictly Come Dancing over the vaccination row, or have expressed concerns to the BBC or the show’s production team.

A spokesperson for the show said they could not say whether the BBC or the production team know the vaccination status of the professional dancers.

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