Fern Britton lets fans know she’s alive after misread coronavirus death news

Former This Morning presenter Fern Britton has let fans know she's okay – after they feared she'd died from coronavirus.

The 62 year old took to social media after some fans misread a news alert and believed she'd died.

They saw the words "First Briton" and misread it as the presenter's name.

The news alert was the announcement that the first Briton had died of coronavirus after becoming infected on a cruise ship.

Fern replied to concerned fans with a string of heart emojis to let them know she was fine.

She's been very vocal about how best to tackle the virus from the start, including urging the BBC and ITV to cover how to correctly wash your hands to prevent its spread.

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She's even penned a tweet to This Morning's Eamonn Holmes urging him to run a segment on the show about proper hand washing protocol.

Fern wrote: "Dear @EamonnHolmes would an item on how to wash your hands effectively ie the ways doctors and nurses do, be a good item for TM?

"#particularly with #Coronavirus winter vomiting bug, flu etc etc being so topical? Xxx."

Fern and husband of 20 years Phil Vickery, who regularly features on This Morning, recently decided to call time on their marriage, with Fern thanking fans for showing kindness during such a hard time.

She tweeted to her dedicated followers: "Hello. Thank you so much for all your kind messages. They are so appreciated. More than you know.

"The kindness of strangers is overwhelming. Xx."

After they announced their split, sources close to the pair told The Mirror that Fern and Phil often weren't speaking to one another.

They said: "Fern and Phil went through periods when they weren't even speaking to one another.

"There were some really rough patches and it looked like deep cracks had developed. Things were fraught.

"They seemed to think it was something that happened to everyone, and it was just the natural ups and downs of any relationship.

"But those around them worried the damage might be irreperable."

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