Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

17.44 3 Mar 2020


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The British broadcaster Jon Snow says he has "never been more rested" in his life after a week of self-isolation as a precaution over the coronavirus.

Health authorities in the UK ordered the Channel 4 News host to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution after he spent several days reporting in Iran.

Iran has been one of the countries worst affected by the outbreak, with authorities there now reporting more than 2,000 confirmed cases.

Jon told The Hard Shoulder: "I was reporting from Iran for a few days... and unfortunately the virus spread there very, very fast on a huge scale.

"So when I came back I was automatically condemned to the 14 days isolation."

'I've never been more rested' - Broadcaster Jon Snow on self-isolating as coronavirus precaution

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The broadcaster said he is feeling "brilliant" and has no symptoms of the virus.

He explained: "I've never been more rested in my life... There's nothing [symptoms-wise] at all. I'm just going bonkers, that's all.

"I'm trying to write a book, but I keep finding things to do to prevent me doing so."

He explained that he is allowed out to cycle or walk - but he has been advised not to stop and talk to people when he is outside.

Jon said the outbreak does appear to be serious and unprecedented but doesn't want to guess how bad the situation will get.

He observed: "The government here [in the UK] are putting out draconian pictures of the number of people in the workforce they expect not to be working - like a fifth - if it's very serious.

"But it's very difficult to know... we are journalists - not prophets."

However, he stressed he would still go back to Iran - saying he "loves the country".

Main image: Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow. Picture by: Jane Barlow/PA Archive/PA Images

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