Celebrity Apprentice star Anthony Callea's 'excruciating' Covid symptoms

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Anthony Callea has detailed the 'excruciating pain' that left him confined to his bed since testing positive to Covid over the weekend.

The Australian Idol legend, 39, announced his diagnosis in a lengthy post on Instagram on Wednesday, explaining that he woke up the previous Sunday with a 'stabbing pain' in his throat.

Anthony Callea wearing a sleeveless black t-shirt with a text box announcing he has Covid. Photo: Instagram/anthonycallea.
Anthony Callea has revealed that he tested positive for Covid. Photo: Instagram/anthonycallea.

Callea's Covid hell

The ARIA award winner said his head felt like it was 'about to combust,' prompting him to take a rapid antigen test which returned a positive result.

"My chest was tight, I felt as though I was about to burst my eardrums and my body overall just felt like it was shutting down."

Anthony explained that his husband, Tim Campbell quickly went into 'Covid control mode,' supplying him with pain relief and driving them to a PCR testing site in South Melbourne later that day.

He said that, prior to the outing to the test centre, he didn't leave the bedroom as he 'physically couldn't move' until the 'ridiculous amount of pain killers' took effect.

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Screenshots of a text statement by Anthony Callea announcing he has Covid. Photo: Instagram/anthonycallea.
Anthony described the 'excruciating pain' of Covid. Photo: Instagram/anthonycallea.

Even though the couple only had to wait about an hour to have their PCR test, Anthony's positive test result took three days to come back while Tim's negative result was a little faster.

Despite the horrible experience, Anthony appeared to be back in good spirits, cracking jokes about feeling like a 'Debbie Downer' by sharing his gloomy news.

"I just had to be Mr bloody COVID POSITIVE!" he exclaimed.

The Celebrity Apprentice star described the past three days as 'really scary' and said that he had 'never felt like this before'.

"Today is the first day I'm actually feeling somewhat human, I can't speak from all the coughing, I'm really tired and throat is still sore, but at least I feel alive," he wrote.

Screenshots of a text statement by Anthony Callea announcing he has Covid. Photo: Instagram/anthonycallea.
Anthony said that his doctor suspects he has the Covid Delta variant. Photo: Instagram/anthonycallea.

He added that due to his symptoms his doctor suspects he has contracted the Covid Delta variant.

"Thankfully I'm double vaxxed, would hate to think what I'd be like if I weren't," he wrote.

Anthony thanked his husband, his mum and dad and friends for dropping off food and supplies, and said that he hopes to be 'free of the virus' and out of isolation on Sunday.

Before wrapping up his lengthy statement, Anthony took aim at the Australian Government's management of the pandemic.

"If only our Government would do the right thing by others and it's [sic] people and manage this shambolic mess!"

Anthony Callea, Tim Campbell and Matt Preston watch the fourth round match between  Roger Federer of Switzerland and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during day eight of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Anthony and his husband, Tim Campbell at the 2014 Australian Open with Matt Preston. Photo: Getty Images.

He then singled out Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, calling his recent arrival for the Australian Open a 'slap in the face' for Aussies who have 'done the right thing' for the past two years.

"It's absolute tone deafness from Tennis Aus, the Vic gov, along with the Federal Gov that are initially responsible for international borders."

Australian authorities have since cancelled the world number one's visa application following an overview of the exemption provided by the Victorian government.

If his legal team's appeal is unsuccessful, Djokovic is expected to be flown out of the country later today.

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