ITV confirms contestant has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of "i'm a Celebrity" launch

With just one week to go until “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” launches a new series ITV have confirmed that one of the contestants taking part has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The production team working on the show have had to make massive changes this year due to the pandemic, not least moving the location from Australia, where it is normally filmed, to a castle in Wales.

ITV released a statement to the Radio Times saying “We can confirm that one member of the cast has received a positive Covid result and that individual is self isolating where we are giving them all the support that they need. I’m A Celebrity has robust health and safety measures and protocols in place in order to operate safely within Covid-19 guidelines.”

Although the cast of the new series has yet to be confirmed, eight celebrities were seen at what is reported to have been a photo-shoot for the show.

Director of ITV Studios entertainment, Richard Cowles, said “Everyone’s got proximity monitors on them so basically they can’t come within two metres of each other without it buzzing and flashing and reminding them to step away. In terms of the technology, we’ve for example, with the castle itself, we’ve mapped that completely remotely so we can get all of our camera positions and everything done off-site without having to go there.

We have basically created a whole virtual walk through of that castle, so all of the set can be built remotely back here and then transported up there.” He went on to say “All the camera positions, the lens length – all of that sort of stuff can be done. We’re even going to have our edits in London to try to reduce the number of people travelling to Wales and to reduce the number of people that could potentially spread Covid.”

Stars who are reported to be taking part in the program include Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard, opera singer Russell Watson, soap actor and singer Jessica Plummer and Paralympian Hollie Arnold. Also expected to make an appearnace are Sir Mo Farrah, Shane Richie and Giovanna Fletcher.  Global247News Twitter

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