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Celebs Go Dating’s Curtis Pritchard ‘tests positive for COVID-19 despite quarantining for two weeks’

Celebs Go Dating star Curtis Pritchard has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, causing filming to be postponed.

It was revealed earlier this week that filming on the E4 dating show had been halted, due to a positive COVID-19 test – with the former Love Island star, 24, said to have contracted the virus despite quarantining for two weeks.

The Sun reports that Curtis is asymptomatic and he is in isolation until he tests negative.

Shock: Celebs Go Dating star Curtis Pritchard has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, causing filming to be postponed

A source said: ‘It’s just terrible luck for Curtis. He followed all the rules by the letter of the law, quarantined for two weeks and kept himself to himself.   

‘And he still managed to somehow pick up this virus.

‘He is absolutely fine, has no symptoms and feels fit as a fiddle. But it’s put the brakes on the whole show until he gets the all-clear and everyone else continues to test negative.’    

Mailonline has contacted representatives for Curtis Pritchard and E4 for comment.

Stopped: It was revealed earlier this week that filming on the E4 dating show had been halted, due to a positive COVID-19 test - with the former Love Island star, 24, said to have contracted the virus despite quarantining for two weeks (pictured, the cast promo shot)

Stopped: It was revealed earlier this week that filming on the E4 dating show had been halted, due to a positive COVID-19 test – with the former Love Island star, 24, said to have contracted the virus despite quarantining for two weeks (pictured, the cast promo shot)

This comes weeks after Curtis’ brother, Strictly dancer AJ, 26, tested positive for Covid just days before the new series of I’m A Celebrity, which put his position on the show in jeopardy – but after self isolating he was given the green light to take part.

The entire show were reportedly on ‘tenterhooks’ awaiting confirmation that AJ was free of the disease after the ITV team had undergone ‘incredible lengths’ to ensure the set is Covid secure.   

In a recent interview, AJ told MailOnline: ‘I did have a positive Covid test early on into my isolation.

‘I’m very, very happy to report I’ve had two negative tests recently and they’ve both come back very, very negative which means I’m 100 per cent going into the jungle/castle whatever we’re calling it now, into the castle, and I’m very excited about that. A big relief for everybody.

Healthy now: This comes weeks after Curtis' brother, Strictly dancer AJ, 26, tested positive for Covid just days before the new series of I'm A Celebrity

Healthy now: This comes weeks after Curtis’ brother, Strictly dancer AJ, 26, tested positive for Covid just days before the new series of I’m A Celebrity

‘I just want to thank ITV for all their stringent measures and the whole point of us going into lockdown and isolating was just in case this happened so thank you very much to ITV for making everybody feel safe and secure in this situation.’

He added: ‘I didn’t have any symptoms and I think that’s the thing with this.

‘It’s a crazy world we live in and we all have something to deal with, but thankfully I didn’t have any symptoms. But the positive thing is that I’m completely negative now.’

The Celebs Go Dating stars arrived at the £30million country mansion in Sussex earlier this week to start shooting for the new season which is set to air in 2021.

'Huge relief': AJ Pritchard will be going into the I'm A Celeb camp on Sunday – after testing negative for coronavirus

‘Huge relief’: AJ Pritchard will be going into the I’m A Celeb camp on Sunday – after testing negative for coronavirus

Support: Despite his diagnosis, Curtis is still supporting his brother AJ as he competes on I'm A Celeb

Support: Despite his diagnosis, Curtis is still supporting his brother AJ as he competes on I’m A Celeb

A TV insider told The Sun at the time: ‘It’s not clear which celebrity has tested positive, but they are showing no symptoms. Despite isolating before taking part, this is a stroke of bad luck.’

While a show spokesman confirmed to the publication that filming has been paused while bosses wait for more information about the test result. 

They added: ‘The result was unexpected since the individual had quarantined prior to entering the house, and had been regularly receiving negative results.

‘All those in the house are now isolating while we await the results of further testing and consult with medical experts.’

MailOnline has contacted Channel 4’s Celebs Go Dating for a comment. 

Just kicked off: The celebrities arrived at the £30million country mansion in Sussex earlier this week to start shooting for the new season which is set to air in 2021

Just kicked off: The celebrities arrived at the £30million country mansion in Sussex earlier this week to start shooting for the new season which is set to air in 2021

The latest series, which is set to air in early 2021, will see for the very first time, the celebs and their potential matches will all bed down together in the plush mansion. 

The unlucky-in-love celebrities will spend four weeks at the luxurious UK dating retreat looking for love. 

And for the first time in Celebs Go Dating history, the cameras will be follow the TV stars as they try to navigate the choppy waters of modern dating. 

Stars taking part in the series include Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry, Love Island fave and dancing pro Curtis Pritchard, actor and Strictly Come Dancing runner up Karim Zeroual, and former Hollyoaks and Coronation Street actor Kimberly Hart-Simpson.

They will also be joined by Made In Chelsea star Sophie Hermann as well as DJ Tom Zanetti and Ibiza’s King of Ocean Beach and brother of Gary, Wayne Lineker. 

It is not know which star has tested positive for coronavirus.

They will be under the watchful eyes of dating experts Paul C Brunson and Anna Williamson, assisted by Junior Client Coordinator and celeb confidante, Tom Read Wilson. 

Speaking ahead of the show Chloe, who has been single since her split from Geordie Shore star Sam Gowland, said: ‘I am absolutely buzzing to join the agency for the second time this year. 

New venture: Geordie Shore star Chloe Ferry, 25, was seen arriving for her second stint on Celebs Go Dating

New venture: Geordie Shore star Chloe Ferry, 25, was seen arriving for her second stint on Celebs Go Dating 

‘I did the virtual series and loved the whole process but am now really ready for the agents to find me a proper match. Hopefully meeting face to face will help with feeling a real connection.’

While Sophie added: ‘2020 has definitely been a bleak year for dating, how many socially distanced park walks can one go on?! 

‘I’ve joined the agency to hopefully find love and not have to spend another lockdown alone.

‘I think the agency will have their work cut out for them, mainly due to my lack of filter and pickiness, but I am putting all of my trust into their hands.’

Changing things up: The latest series will see for the celebs and their potential matches will all bed down together in the plush mansion

Changing things up: The latest series will see for the celebs and their potential matches will all bed down together in the plush mansion


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