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Chuckle Brother Paul, 72, says he has been diagnosed with coronavirus

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 30/03/2020 Molly Pike
a group of people posing for the camera © ITV

Paul Elliott, one half of the famous Chuckle Brothers, has revealed he has contracted the coronavirus.

The TV star, 72, took to Twitter to tell fans about his illness, saying he only had "mild" symptoms but the virus was "not nice" to deal with.

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In a video that was filmed at his home, Paul urged his 157,500 Twitter followers to stay inside and reassured them that he is "on the mend".

Paul said in the clip: "Hi guys, just checking in to let you know I'm still around.

"I have been laid up with COVID-19 for a few days, just mild but it was there and it's not nice, I promise you.

a man wearing glasses: Paul Elliott of the Chuckle Brothers has revealed he's been diagnosed with coronavirus © paulchuckle/Twitter Paul Elliott of the Chuckle Brothers has revealed he's been diagnosed with coronavirus a person holding a glass posing for the camera: Paul with his late brother Barry © Joanne Davidson/REX/Shutterstock Paul with his late brother Barry

"So please, please stay inside.

"We're all going stir crazy, we know that, but please stay inside.

"Take the pressure off the NHS, Marie Curie, et cetera. Please, please stay in guys, and enjoy as best you can."

Paul captioned the clip: "On the mend #NHS @mariecurieuk."

a man wearing glasses: He urged his fans to stay inside © paulchuckle/Twitter He urged his fans to stay inside

His followers then sent him dozens of messages wishing him well.

One tweeted: "Oh dear, oh dear. Childhood hero, best get well soon. Kindest regards."

"I'm glad you are OK Paul. Keep Chuckling," another said.

a man and a woman smiling for the camera: The Chuckle Brothers © Handout The Chuckle Brothers

A third wrote: "Glad you’re on the mend. Thank you for sending out the Stay At Home message. Stay safe and enjoy Chucklevision on YouTube. Best tonic going for days indoors."

"Glad to see you are on the mend Paul," another agreed.

The number of deaths in the UK from coronavirus hit 1,408 on Monday, up 180 in 24 hours, but a lower rise than previous days.

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