Rachel Riley: Countdown star reacts to latest coronavirus advice with cheeky prediction

Rachel Riley, 34, took to social media to provide some much needed humour as the UK goes into lockdown to try and out a stop to the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The new mum let her fans know she’s still got her sense of humour, making a cheeky joke for those who have to self-isolate.

Pubs shut, football off, working from home… I predict we’ll know what a lot of you filled your time with 9 months from now

Rachel Riley

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said everyone in the UK should avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others as the country’s death toll hits 55.

The stringent new measures include encouraging people to work from home where possible, with people who are regarded as at-risk asked to remain in their homes for up to 12 weeks to ensure they are safe.

Pregnant women, people over the age of 70 and those with certain health conditions should consider the advice “particularly important”, he said.

More than 1,500 people have tested positive for the virus in the UK – but the actual number of cases is estimated to be between 35,000 and 50,000.


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Taking to Twitter, the Channel 4 star provided some light entertainment to get people’s hopes up as the UK implements new measures to combat the virus.

And get their hopes up it did!

“Pubs shut, football off, working from home… I predict we’ll know what a lot of you filled your time with 9 months from now,” she joked, accompanied by a baby emoji and a cheeky smiling face.

Flocking to the comments section to share the comedy, fans joined in with their own jokes during this tough time.

One joked: “We were talking about this at work a few days ago, are they going to be called #covidkids.”

“Then in 13 years we will have the next generation, the Quarunteens,” another laughed.

“I live with my two cats….. they were looking at me very suspiciously as was reading your tweet,” a third quipped.

A fourth exclaimed: “OMG this was mentioned at work today!!”

“We’ll know when you and Pasha give Maven a little brother or sister!” someone else teased.

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And, it wasn’t too long ago that the TV personality hinted at growing her little family.

Rachel, who shares 3 month old baby Maven with Strictly pro husband Pasha Kovalev, shared a sweet post on her Instagram, gushing over her little bundle of joy.

Thanking the company who created her cot, Rachel said it will be perfect for future babies.

“When I got pregnant I’d never heard of a Snoo as wasn’t available in the UK, but now it is, the company kindly gave us one for when I’m filming away, for when Mave gets evicted for Jen’s new arrival and for any babies that come along after.”


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Rachel returned to work at the end of last month, 10 weeks after giving birth to Maven.

And as the new mum settles into her stride, she couldn’t help but bring her little one with her.

Maven got treated to an exclusive VIP visit of her mum’s place of work alongside Pasha, and the family of three left fans in gushing over the adorable photo Rachel later posted to her social media.

Rachel joked that her maths skills were still intact after the birth of her baby in the caption of the sweet family snap.

It read: “First block back at work done and dusted and I can still sum post baby… phew!”

The Countdown star added: “Mave was busy melting hearts and Pash is a hero.”

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