GMB's Piers Morgan announces he tested negative for COVID-19

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From Digital Spy

Good Morning Britain co-presenter Piers Morgan has offered an update on his health.

Morgan missed Monday's (May 4) edition of the ITV morning format on doctor's orders because he had begun exhibiting "mild symptoms" of COVID-19 over the weekend.

After undergoing testing later in the day, Morgan confirmed to his social media followers that he tested negative for the coronavirus.

"My COVID-19 test was negative," he tweeted. "I was advised to take the test by my doctor after developing possible coronavirus symptoms, and was entitled to do so as a Govt-designated essential worker."

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The presenter also clarified: "I'll be back on @GMB as soon as my doctor advises I'm OK to return to work."

Morgan was replaced on Monday's Good Morning Britain by Ben Shephard, and he joked to the show's medical expert Dr Hilary Jones that his predecessor just wanted "a lie in".

The GMB team also shared an update on their colleague Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper on Monday's episode, as they sadly shared that he is still "critically ill" with COVID-19.

In honour of Kate's birthday, Ben sent out a special message: "She is with her family and keeping everything crossed, obviously, because Derek is still critically ill. But we just want to say happy birthday, Kate, how ever you can celebrate today."

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As for Piers, he follows co-presenter Susanna Reid, after she was forced to host GMB from home earlier in the pandemic when someone in her household exhibited coronavirus symptoms as well.

Good Morning Britain airs Mondays through Fridays on ITV.

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