Former Triple J Lunch host Lewis McKirdy, who left the station at the end of 2016 and has since relocated to London, has taken to social media to reveal that he has tested positive for COVID.

In a video posted to Instagram overnight, the presenter turned podcaster read out a letter in which his positive result was confirmed.

The recording shows his face as he ponders the words on the page, with the ominous soundtrack ramping up as he goes, and he can be heard saying in voice-over:

“Dear Lewis McKirdy, birth date 12/10/87, test date 18/01/2021 – Your coronavirus test result is positive. That means it’s likely you had the virus when the test was done. You should be contacted for contact tracing, you must by law self-isolate immediately for 10 days.”

His video, which continues from there, stands as a sobering reminder of how bad the COVID situation is in many parts of the world, and how important it is that we remain scrupulous here in Australia.

UK authorities say that the battle to crush the second wave of COVID in London is “headed in the right direction”, and that cases appear to be falling across many boroughs.

Despite this, hospitals in the capital remain under “intense pressure”, and authorities have warned that any relaxation would “risk rapid reversal of decline and threaten hospitals that are still very full.”