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Journalists Jon Snow and Nick Robinson in self-imposed isolation over coronavirus fears

Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow. Picture by Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

CHANNEL 4 News presenter Jon Snow and Radio 4's Nick Robinson have revealed they are both in self-imposed isolation over coronavirus fears.

Mr Snow said he had taken the decision to remain in his London home after returning from Iran where he was covering elections.

The broadcaster (72) has not shown any symptoms of the virus, but he said following doctor's advice, he was staying at home for two weeks as a precaution.

"I'm in self-isolation as a result of having been to Iran for the last four/five days," he said.

"I'm not really supposed to congregate with any crowds or go anywhere where there may be people, so that means I'm sitting at home. For two weeks."

Mr Robinson also said he was remaining at his home in Islington after returning from a holiday to Cambodia and Vietnam with a cough.

He said on his doctor's advice, he was told to drive himself to hospital to avoid infecting others.

"A nurse came out into the car park fully protected with a plastic face visor, rubber gloves, disposable aprons," he said.

They then "carried out the kind of the routine test you would have in hospital but through the car window."

In a post on social media, he later thanked the Whittington Hospital in Highgate for a "routine precautionary check" and said he hoped for an all clear within 48 hours.

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