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Sunrise crew member tests positive for Covid after working three days in the breakfast show’s studios and is a ‘close contact’ of pregnant newsreader Edwina Bartholomew

A Sunrise crew member has tested positive for Covid-19 overnight, putting the entire breakfast show at risk, including pregnant newsreader Edwina Bartholomew.

The staff member returned a positive test on Thursday after working at the Channel Seven Studios in Sydney’s Martin Place for three consecutive days prior.

Host Natalie Barr, 53, announced the new on Friday morning at the start of the show, revealing that newsreader Edwina, 38, was a ‘close contact’.

Scare: A Sunrise crew member has tested positive for Covid after working three days in the breakfast show's studios and is a 'close contact' of pregnant newsreader Edwina Bartholomew

Scare: A Sunrise crew member has tested positive for Covid after working three days in the breakfast show’s studios and is a ‘close contact’ of pregnant newsreader Edwina Bartholomew

‘Hello and welcome to Friday everyone. And we join you after a Covid-19 scare of our own overnight, we join you after a staffer tested positive,’ Natalie said, as Michael Usher sat by her side in the co-hosting chair.  

‘The studio has been deep cleaned. We’ve all been tested. Everyone here is okay,’ she said, as footage played of the studio being cleaned by a person in a hazmat suit. 

‘Eddy is a close contact so she’s isolating but is all right. And Kochie was already having the day off so Michael Usher is here. We’ll have more details on that later,’ Natalie finished.

How effective is the AstraZeneca vaccine? 

A US trial done in March reportedly found that the AstraZeneca vaccine is 100 percent effective at keeping people out of hospital and stopping them dying of the disease

An extra trial of the vaccine in America found it was more effective than it was in the UK research – preventing 79 percent of all symptomatic infections – and nobody got seriously ill

The trial – which involved 32,000 people in total – also confirmed the vaccine doesn’t increase the risk of blood clots, which is a confidence boost after safety concerns in Europe

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The Covid-positive employee is believed to be fully vaccinated and doesn’t live in a hotspot.  

They are believed to be a ‘close contact’ of another case. 

Seven reportedly has a rapid antigen testing station for employees, with the Network saying in a statement: ‘Seven’s number one priority is the health, safety and welfare of all staff and the community.’ 

Earlier this month, hosts Natalie and David ‘Kochie’ Koch, 65, received their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

They explained that their appointment for the second jab was brought forward due to recently updated medical advice from NSW Health amid Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak.

The pair received their first does in May, live on Sunrise. 

‘With the growing Covid emergency in Sydney, anyone who received the AstraZeneca jab should now get their second shot in four to eight weeks,’ Kochie explained. 

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