Ed Sheeran has tested positive for COVID-19, days before the release of his forthcoming fourth record, =.

Sheeran confirmed that he tested positive for the virus in a statement shared to Instagram. “Hey guys, quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines,” he wrote.

“It means that I’m now unable to plough ahead with any in-person commitments for, so I’ll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house.”

Sheeran performed live last week in London at the inaugural Earthshot Prize awards, hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In promotion of =, Sheeran was expected to join Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to play a slew of new songs, in addition to an appearance on Saturday Night Live on November 6.

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Sheeran is set to kick off an extensive UK tour from April to September next year, which will see the ‘Shape of You’ singer perform a three-night run at Wembley Stadium.

Sheeran’s last tour, in support of his Divide album, broke U2’s record for the most attended and highest-grossing tour of all time. Playing 250 shows to a near 7 million fans.

Ed Sheeran’s = (Equals) will arrive on Friday, October 29th.

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