Pro dancer Katya Jones has had to pull the plug on her role in this season’s Strictly Come Dancing after contracting COVID-19, it was announced today. This means that boxer Nicola, 38, will now have to isolate for two weeks. The self-isolation period means she cannot be given a new partner and continue in the competition.
Nicola said in a statement: “Hey guys! I’m absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon. I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for!
“But I just want to say a huge thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for. She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it’s been an incredible experience.
“I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the COVID measures in place are to keep everyone safe, and I’m doing what I can to help.
“I’ll be spending the next 14 days isolating so I’d like to apologise in advance for the ridiculous amount of TikToks I’ll be posting, in my new found free time when I’m not gaming!”
“They are a brilliant partnership and had already achieved so much during their time on the show.
“We’d like to thank them for their commitment and although their time in the competition has sadly come to an end we are hopeful that there will be opportunities for them to dance again in the future.”
Katya is asymptomatic and the pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest government guidelines.
Other couples on the show have not been affected.
Coronavirus – what are the main symptoms and how should I respond?
According to the NHS, the main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
“Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms,” says the health body.
According to UK public health advice, you should get a test as soon as possible if you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.
A support bubble is where someone who lives alone (or just with their children) can meet people from one other household.
How common are asymptotic cases?
The scale of asymptomatic transmission was hinted at in a study carried out by UCL using data from the Office for National Statistics last month.
The research analysed 36,000 people tested for coronavirus between April and June.
The researchers found that 76.5 percent of the positive cases were asymptomatic.