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Ed Sheeran catches COVID-19 days before his new album drops

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After the 'sad' diagnosis, will Ed Sheeran's new album '=' still drop this Friday as originally planned?

British pop star Ed Sheeran says he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Sheeran, 30, broke the news on social media days before his new studio album is due out on October 29. 

"Quick note to tell you that I've sadly tested positive for Covid, so I'm now self-isolating and following government guidelines," Sheeran wrote on Instagram.

"It means that I'm now unable to plough ahead with any in person commitments for now, so I'll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house. Apologies to anyone I've let down."

Representatives did not immediately say which performances he is canceling and which he will carry out from home.

As far as we can tell, the album will be released as planned.

Sheeran's official website lists no performances before April.

The four-time Grammy winner's new studio album is called "=" which is pronounced "Equals".

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