Coronavirus: Bachelorette NZ contestant getting tested for COVID-19

  • 18/03/2020
Coronavirus: Bachelorette NZ contestant getting tested for COVID-19.
The Bachelorette NZ stars Lesina Nakhid-Schuster and Lily McManus. Photo credit: TVNZ

A contestant on dating reality show The Bachelorette NZ is being tested for coronavirus COVID-19.

It's not been announced why the person is undergoing tests or which contestant it is.

State broadcaster TVNZ, which airs the New Zealand version of the series, has confirmed the testing in a statement to media.

"We have immediately implemented Ministry of Health advice and notified those we have identified as being in close contact with the individual. Those people who have been in close contact are now isolating until test results are confirmed," said TVNZ. 

"Those in contact include several TVNZ personnel as well as external parties related to the Bachelorette production.

"We appreciate there is public interest in the show and will advise media as soon as we have a test result, which is expected on Thursday, March 19.

"We stress that at this stage the contestant has not tested positive to a COVID-19 test and TVNZ are taking all the necessary precautions in line with Ministry of Health advice."

It's the first ever season of The Bachelorette NZ, a spin-off of The Bachelor NZ.

The TVNZ show features Lily McManus as one of its stars, who came second in the 2017 season of Three's The Bachelor NZ.