Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow puts himself in quarantine over coronavirus fears following Iran trip

Andy Wells
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Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow is in self-isolation over coronavirus fears. (Channel 4)
Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow is in self-isolation over coronavirus fears. (Channel 4)

Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow has placed himself in self-isolation after travelling to Iran amid fears over the coronavirus outbreak.

The presenter visited Iran to cover the country’s election as the region was hit by a worsening outbreak of the disease, officially known as Covid-19.

Snow is following Department of Health guidelines and will remain in isolation for the next two weeks.

He told Channel 4 News via a video link from his home that he does not have any symptoms of the new coronavirus, which has resulted in the deaths of over 2,700 people across the world.

Snow said: "I woke up this morning feeling rather tired, but that was from the trip.

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"But we weren't actually anywhere near where the main virus outbreak has occurred.”

He said that he is "not really supposed to congregate with any crowds or go anywhere where there may be people", adding: "So that means I'm sitting at home.

TEHRAN, IRAN - FEBRUARY 24: Iranian Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi (L) wipes his sweating as he speaks on his tests positive for coronavirus as he holds a press conference with Iranian Government spokesman and Spokesperson for the Prevention and Struggle for Corona, created by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Ali Rabiei (R) in Tehran, Iran on February 24, 2020. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Iranian deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi wipes his sweat as he speaks about his positive test for the coronavirus. (Getty)
Workers disinfect subway trains against coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, in the early morning of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Iran's government said Tuesday that more than a dozen people had died nationwide from the new coronavirus, rejecting claims of a much higher death toll of 50 by a lawmaker from the city of Qom that has been at the epicenter of the virus in the country. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Workers disinfect subway trains against the coronavirus in Tehran, Iran. (AP)

"To be honest, the absolute enormity of the prospect of 14 days hasn't really hit me.”

He added: "Maybe if you call me again in 14 days you will have a headcase on your hands.”

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Snow's producer and cameraman are also self-isolating after the trip to Iran.

"None of the team are currently showing any symptoms of Covid-19 but the official advice is to self-isolate regardless," Channel 4 News tweeted.

BBC journalist Nick Robinson has also revealed he has been tested for coronavirus after returning from a holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia.

He revealed on Twitter that he was given a “precautionary check” and been told to self-isolate for 48 hours.

A pharmacist works in a drugstore in downtown Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. The head of Iran's counter-coronavirus task force has tested positive for the virus himself, authorities announced Tuesday, showing the challenges facing the Islamic Republic amid concerns the outbreak may be far wider than officially acknowledged. The announcement comes as countries across the Mideast say they've had confirmed cases of the virus that link back to Iran, which for days denied having the virus. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
A pharmacist works in a drugstore in downtown Tehran, Iran. (AP)

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The head of Iran's virus task force, who just a day earlier gave a news conference in Tehran in which he tried to minimise the danger posed by the outbreak, tested positive for the illness on Tuesday.

His diagnosis came amid a worsening outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

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