'Another bad phone call': Richard Wilkins shares COVID-19 update after second test

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Richard Wilkins has revealed he is still positive for COVID-19. Photo: Getty Images

Richard Wilkins shocked Australia with a positive coronavirus diagnosis earlier this week, and now he has revealed the virus is still alive and well.

“I got retested on Thursday and got another bad phone call yesterday, saying that I was still positive,” he said in an Instagram story this morning.

The Channel Nine entertainment presenter says despite his tests, he is feeling fine and even believes he may have finally kicked the virus.

He says his only symptom, a small tickle in the back of his throat, disappeared this morning which he hopes is a sign of a turn in the tide.

“I really feel that this thing has left me now so fingers crossed,” he said.

Fans send support... and more

The reporter has been keeping things light on social media, sharing some cooking he has been keeping busy with in isolation, as well as the hilarious recurring delivery he has received from concerned fans.

Sharing a snap to Instagram on Friday, Richard revealed a carton of Corona beer had been sent, and hinted it wasn’t the first one.

“Third delivery today!” he wrote in the picture’s caption.

“Everyone’s a comedian! Thanks .... but I’ve already got plenty!”

Fans have flooded the Today show reporter with comments showing their concern and support.

“Stay well, hope symptoms never appear and next test is clear!” one fan wrote.

“How are you feeling?” another wondered.

“So pleased you’re are still going well Richard,” another wrote. “Miss your charming handsome face on TV.”

Richard first spoke out about his coronavirus diagnosis on Today, live from his Sydney home, where he has been self-isolating since last Thursday.

The 65-year-old entertainment reporter said he is currently going through a ‘crisis in his life’ but isn’t experiencing any symptoms and is optimistic he’s healthy enough to fight anything that comes his way. 

Nine News also said it was unclear how Mr Wilkins contracted COVID-19, however, he did recently meet with American singer and actress, Rita Wilson, when she appeared on the Today show.

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