Ed Sheeran, the British pop musician, announced on Sunday that he has contracted COVID-19 and that he will continue to conduct interviews and perform from his home.
Hey guys. Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines,” Sheeran wrote in an Instagram post. “It means that I’m now unable to plough ahead with any in person commitments for now, so I’ll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house. Apologies to anyone I’ve let down. Be safe everyone x.”
Ed Sheeran was set to perform as a musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 6, but it’s unclear whether he’ll do it remotely, as other musical guests did in episodes of the sketch program broadcast from home in 2020.
It’s also uncertain whether Sheeran, 30, is fully vaccinated, making his positive test result a ground-breaking instance. Sheeran has already expressed support for COVID-19 vaccines, altering the lyrics of his No. 1 hit song “Shape of You” with host of “The Late Late Show” earlier this year.
The United Kingdom discussed plans earlier this year to mandate COVID-19 vaccine passports or negative COVID-19 tests for large music venues, which would have obliged Sheeran to get vaccinated in order to perform regularly in his home country. However, in September, this proposal was shelved.
According to the BBC, roughly 86 percent of persons over the age of 12 in the United Kingdom have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 79 percent fully vaccinated.