Channel 4 tweeted a video of Jon Snow explaining why he has chosen to take the drastic precaution. The tweet said: “Jon Snow is tonight in self-isolation after his return from Iran, covering the country’s elections. He’s following Government guidance for those recently returned from areas with high numbers of coronavirus infections – and will be staying at home for the next two weeks.”
Coronavirus has rapidly spread in Iran with the outbreak killing 15 people and infecting nearly 100 people, making it the biggest-hit nation in the Middle East.
Mr Snow told Channel 4 News: “I am in self-isolation as a result of having been to Iran for the past four or five days and I am therefore not supposed to congregate with any crowds or go anywhere where there may be people.”
“So that means I am sitting at home.”
Mr Snow’s Channel 4 News colleague Matt Frei asked: “For two weeks?”
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Matt Frei is a colleague of Jon Snow at Channel 4 News
Mr Snow replied: “For two weeks.”
Mr Frei said: “How do you feel?”
Mr Snow replied: “I woke up this morning feeling rather tired but that was from the trip.
“We weren’t actually anywhere near where the main virus outbreak has occurred.”
Mr Frei asked: “You look fine, you say you feel fine, you don’t have a temperature and yet here you are in your flat in north London in self-isolation for two weeks.
“It must feel rather odd and I wonder whether you feel worried at all about what might be happening?”
Mr Snow replied: “The prospect of 14 days hasn’t really hit me.
“I have been doing things I need to catch up on and I haven’t really had time to work out how I am going to handle this.
“I must admit that I am not very good with my own company.
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“It will be very strange.”
Coronavirus maps have tracked the deadly COVID-19 across more than 20 countries on its path from China, with nearly 80,000 cases worldwide.
Officials have confirmed a total of 79,524 COVID-19 cases, 2,626 deaths and 25,157 recoveries.
They found the most cases – a total of 77,150 – in mainland China.