Davina McCall's daughter caught coronavirus after one week at Newcastle University

Julia Hunt
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Davina McCall attending The Masked Singer press launch held at The Mayfair Hotel, London. (Photo by Scott Garfitt/PA Images via Getty Images)
Davina McCall (Scott Garfitt/PA Images via Getty Images)

Davina McCall has revealed that her teenage daughter tested positive for the coronavirus days after going to university.

The TV presenter said Holly, 18 – her eldest child with her ex Matthew Robertson - had been at Newcastle University for “a week” when she contracted the virus.

McCall, 53, spoke out during a chat with her partner Michael Douglas on their podcast Making The Cut.

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Douglas was telling how he and his son had tested negative for the virus, and the former Big Brother star chimed in: “Whereas my daughter got it. She tested positive.”

She went on: “'She went to Newcastle University and was there a week and got COVID.

“Can you imagine an influx of 50,000 students from all over the country and none of them are social distancing?'

The pair also joked about how they are now calling the virus, “the COVIDs”.

Discussing how things are funnier in plurals, McCall said: “I can’t call it COVID any more, I just call it the COVIDs.”

Douglas suggested it was a relief that Holly had had the virus and that it was “done and dusted” and the TV star agreed.

Newcastle is one of the universities to have been hit with an outbreak of the coronavirus, with over 1,000 cases.

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McCall and Douglas are thought to have been an item since last year.

TV star McCall was previously married to Pet Rescue presenter Matthew Robertson but they parted company in 2017.

As well as Holly, the pair share daughter Tilly, 16, and son Chester, 13.

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