Former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips, 59, took to Twitter and revealed she was in bed with a “sore throat and a cough”. The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant warned fans not to “panic” after saying she had the coronavirus.
In view of her 33,000 followers, Fiona wrote: “I am in bed with #coronvirusuk.
“It’s not a very pleasant bedfellow, but nothing more than a sore throat, dry cough, headache & tiredness. As long as it stays that way….DON’T panic!”
Fans rushed to comment on the post, with many social media users offering messages of support.
One social media user asked: “How long have you been suffering?”
Fiona replied: “I’m not suffering. It’s fine. Thanks for asking.”
Another person commented: “Get well soon. Hope you’re being looked after well. I’m self-isolating in my office as the grass is still growing and it’s definitely the best place to be out in the fresh Flag of Scotland air. Kindest regards.”
A fan wrote: “Take care Fiona,” while another person added: “Please keep posting to let us know how you are. We need it, all we keep hearing is bad news.”
The recent coronavirus pandemic has seen a recent surge in cases of the virus across the country.
Dozens of stations on the London Underground network have also closed in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the capital.
An emergency Coronavirus Bill published yesterday would give the Government the power to close down premises and stop people entering as well as detain people to be tested for the virus, then force them to isolate for 14 days or face a £1,000 fine.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for the British public to resist the urge to go to pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants on Friday night as he demanded these establishments remain closed over the weekend.
During his press conference on Friday, he said: “These measures are intended to be temporary. I am confident, in time, the UK economy is going to bounce back, of course, it is.
“We need to now push down further on that curve of transmission between us.
“So, following an agreement between the four nations of the United Kingdom and devolved administrations, we are collectively telling cafes, bars and restaurants to close tonight as soon as they can.”
The Prime Minister continued: “But I must be absolutely clear with you, the speed of our eventual recovery depends entirely on our ability to get on top of the virus now.
“That means we need to take the next step on scientific advice and follow our plan.”
Meanwhile, other celebrities have come forward to announce they have coronavirus including Tom Hanks and former Dancing On Ice star Linda Lusardi.
The former glamour model, Linda, 61, and her husband Sam Kane have since been hospitalised.
He wrote on his Facebook page: “To all who know us. Linda and I have been taken to hospital and will be tested for Covid 19 at some point very soon.”