EX EastEnders star Michael Greco has risked outrage by claiming that some Covid cases are "only hay fever."
The actor, 51, who played Bepe di Marco between 1998 and 2002, put out a post following Boris Johnson's announcement lockdown lift would be delayed because of the Delta strain of the virus.
Michael wrote on his Instagram: "If people stop getting tested (probably false positives anyway) whenever they have a runny nose or watery eyes of a slight cough or any very basic, human, bodily symptom, then maybe, just maybe we will come out of this s**t before 2030!!!!"
"It's probably hayfever anyway. It's not rocket science."
He then said people should keep themselves healthy in a bid to fight covid.
He then added in another post: "If you eat well. drink plenty of water. Get regular exercise. Enough sleep. Take vitamin C and D and Zinc.
"Then your chances of ill health are dramatically reduced. Our food is our medicine. Feed your body not your taste buds."
Meanwhile it was not all doom and gloom for Michael.
His post comes a few months after herevealed that he wasgoing to become a dad for the first time.
He's expecting a baby boy as he looks forward to being a first time dad at 51 after his girlfriend Helen Harris told him she was pregnant.
Michael appeared on Loose Women on Wednesday to break the good news.
He told the panellists: "I’m a traditionalist about colour. I know some people aren’t. I’m Italian, I’m old fashioned, I’m a traditionalist," before holding up a pair of blue socks.
The soap star was overcome with excitement as he shared the joyous news on his Instagram – and heart-warmingly admitted it was "the greatest post" he's ever shared.
The actor wrote alongside a picture of his baby's scan: "Baby Greco. First time daddy at 51! Probably the greatest post I’ve ever shared.
"Cant explain how emotional it was for me to be told that I am to be a father for the very first time, with my absolute soul mate.
"I’m normally a very private person but I couldn’t help reveal my utter joy and I just want to tell the world!" he continued.
Michael only went public with his romance in September when the TV star shared a photo of him and Helen together.
At the time, he posted a gushing tribute to the blonde beauty, who he said was "worth waiting for".
He penned alongside a photo of them cosying up together: "Took 50 years to find that special someone but she was definitely worth waiting for.
"My beautiful girl. I love you. Xxx".
Michael previously dated fellow actress and Hollyoaks star Stephanie Waring – but split six months after going public in 2017 amid reports he wasn't keen on settling down.
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