Sunrise host David Koch scolds reporter Edwina Bartholomew for getting a coronavirus test despite the extremely low rate of infection

Edwina Bartholomew surprised her Sunrise colleagues on Tuesday morning when she revealed she’d been tested for coronavirus just two days after returning to work from maternity leave earlier this month.

During a panel discussion about the pandemic, the 36-year-old newsreader said she’d decided to get tested because she was afraid of ‘catching something’.

Despite the fact Australia has managed to flatten the curve, Edwina said that some people still weren’t practising social distancing and good hygiene.

Overly cautious? Newsreader Edwina Bartholomew (right) surprised Sunrise host David Koch (left) on Tuesday morning when she revealed she’d been tested for coronavirus

‘I had two days back in her at work and I took myself off to get a COVID test because I was so afraid of catching something,’ she said. 

Sunrise host David ‘Kochie’ Koch appeared unimpressed by Edwina’s admission, playfully scolding her for being overly cautious. 

‘Eddy, Eddy,’ he said, looking flabbergasted. ‘There was only one community case out of 7.5 million people yesterday.’

Better safe than sorry? During a panel discussion about the pandemic, Edwina (left) said she’d decided to get tested because she was afraid of ‘catching something. Pictured with Mark Beretta (centre) and Kylie Gillies (right)

A Sunrise spokesperson later clarified Edwina had been tested because of a sore throat, which is a symptom of coronavirus.

‘Edwina came down with a sore throat after a few days back at work. As a precaution she went [for a test],’ they told Daily Mail Australia.

During Tuesday’s broadcast, Edwina was quick to point out that not everyone was taking the pandemic seriously. 

Scolding: David (top right, with Sam Armytage) playfully scolded Edwina for being overly cautious. ‘There was only one community case out of 7.5 million people yesterday,’ he said

‘Not everyone is taking it seriously the whole time. I don’t understand why they don’t encourage everyone to get tested,’ she said.

Edwina added that the best course of action would be to test ‘as many people as possible’.

Kochie then suggested compulsory testing for all Australians ‘once a week’, which Edwina stopped short of agreeing with. 

Explanation: A Sunrise spokesperson later clarified Edwina had been tested because of a sore throat, which is a symptom of coronavirus 

‘Not once a week. But if everyone got tested then [it would help] open everything up,’ she replied.

Edwina returned to Sunrise earlier this month after the birth of her first child, Molly, in late December last year.

On her first day back at work, the former weather presenter shared two photos to Instagram: one of herself in the office and another with her baby daughter. 

‘Home and Away. Thanks to my family for the welcome back. Thanks to my actual family for having me back too. Don’t think I’ve ever left the office so quickly. Sorry,’ she wrote.

‘Thanks to my family for the welcome back’: Edwina returned to Sunrise earlier this month after the birth of her first child, Molly (pictured), in late December last year

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