Strictly’s Katya ‘caught Covid at sandwich shop’ as star is axed from show

It's reported that Strictly Come Dancing bosses have been left worried that professional dancer Katya Jones caught coronavirus while visiting shops.

Katya, 31, has now been forced to self-isolate and withdraw from the competition alongside her dancing partner, Olympian Nicola Adams, 38.

Throughout this series of Strictly, dancers and their partners have been living in their bubbles as well as adhering to social distancing on the show.

Bosses are reportedly demanding to know how the Russian-born dancer came into contact with the killer virus.

Sources speaking to The Sun have said that big bosses are worried that Katya breached the guidelines and are worried others may be at risk.

Reports suggest that several members of the crew who have been in contact with Katya are now isolating.

Katya has been asymptomatic and tested positive on Tuesday, she had been training with Nicola just hours before.

"The BBC's top brass are mutinous. Obviously, everyone is glad Katya is okay but they put incredibly strict rules in place for a reason – to keep everyone safe," a source said.

  • Strictly's Nicola Adams and Katya Jones axed from show after positive Covid test

"It's been drummed into everyone that they need to follow protocol at all times – and some are saying that Katya has clearly broken the rules.

"Katya has been living alone at her flat and people have speculated whether she caught it when she went to grab a coffee and sandwich from shops including a Pret during a break in training," a source told the publication.

It's believed bosses are now telling professionals and celebrities to bring packed lunches with them.

Sharing the devastating news that she had been forced to withdraw, Katya said: "Dancing with Nicola has been an absolute inspiration. She's given her all each and every week and we were so excited to create more dances in the competition. Of course, I'm devastated to leave this way but I've made a friend for life and loved every moment of this special journey. I'd like to wish good luck to all the remaining couples!"

Nicola added: "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 newfound free time when I'm not gaming!"

Daily Star Online has approached Strictly Come Dancing for comment.

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