Sunrise's Kochie tests positive to Covid after celeb-packed fundraiser

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Sunrise host David 'Kochie' Koch tested positive for Covid-19 just one day after hosting the Australia Unites: Red Cross Flood Appeal telethon alongside Nine's Sylvia Jeffrey's and Ten's Dr Chris Brown.

The telethon saw a number of stars from across the three networks raise over $25,000,000 for victims of the recent floods in NSW and Queensland.

Sunrise's David 'Kochie' Koch has tested positive after attending the Flood Appeal telethon, along with countless other TV stars. Photo: Instagram/David Koch
Sunrise's David 'Kochie' Koch has tested positive after attending the Flood Appeal telethon, along with countless other TV stars. Photo: Instagram/David Koch

The Daily Telegraph reports Kochie tested negative before the telethon kicked off, but woke up feeling "shaggy" the following morning and took another test, confirming he had Covid.

He shared in a statement, "I tested negative on Saturday lunchtime ahead of the Australia Unites broadcast but then woke up feeling a bit shaggy on Sunday morning, which I initially put down to the late finish and sharing the bottle of red wine that Sylvia [Jeffreys] and Dr Chris [Brown] insisted we share (that's my version and I'm sticking with it)."

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He added, "But then I tested again and it came in positive. Symptoms are mild and I'm following the health orders."

Other Channel Seven stars who took part included Sunrise's Nat Barr and Dancing with the Stars' Sonia Kruger.

Many TV stars took part in the telethon with not much social distancing seeming to take place. Photo: Nine
Many TV stars took part in the telethon with not much social distancing seeming to take place. Photo: Nine

Channel Nine's Scott Cam, Ben Fordham and Peter Overton joined in, as did Channel 10's Carrie Bickmore, Amanda Keller and Osher Gunsberg.

Kochie was not on Sunrise on Monday morning and will return in a week.

According to the Daily Telegraph, both Sylvia and Chris tested negative after the telethon.

The telethon aired across Seven, Nine and Ten on Saturday night and saw any rivalries tossed aside to raise money for flood victims.

A number of celebrities appeared via video including Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Cate Blanchett.

The money raised will the used to assist volunteer efforts in flood-affected communities in NSW and Queensland.

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