MESSENGER columnist and local celebrity Wayne Devlin has confirmed he has the symptoms of coronavirus.

The actor, singer and corporate entertainer posted on social media the the news on Wednesday.

He has been inundated with lovely messages on social media and has spoken to the Messenger about the latest.

He said: "'I'm a fit and healthy person and this has still floored me, so I can only imagine how serious it can be for our elderly members of the community and those with underlying health issues.

"I have followed all the guidelines and still contracted the virus so please stay home and stay safe.

"This is not a nice virus and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Please follow all the government's advice and stay at home and keep your social distance.

"I am lucky to have an isolation room and my Val to care for me, albeit from a distance.

"This is a very serious situation and I hope all our readers treat it as such.

"My fight at the moment is to get my temperature down and that will help me greatly recover.

"Thank you for your well wishes."