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Claire Byrne presented her show from her garden shed amid fears she could have coronavirus

Claire Byrne presented her show from her garden shed amid fears she could have coronavirus

Claire Byrne presented her show from her garden shed amid fears she could have coronavirus

RTÉ'S Claire Byrne is in self-isolation amid fears she could have contracted the coronavirus.

The journalist hosted her Monday night television programme from her garden shed, telling viewers she had the symptoms of a cold.

"According to the HSE guidelines, you need to self isolate when you have the symptoms of a cold. So that's what we are doing," she said.

Ms Byrne has contacted her GP and expects to tested for Covid-19 in the coming days.

However, she added: "Rest assured I'm feeling quite well. We're just being cautious. We're being careful. I will be in compliance with the HSE guidelines because let's face it, the last thing I want to do is to put my colleagues at risk if I do happen to have the coronavirus or indeed our guest."

One of her guests on 'Claire Byrne Live' was Health Minster Simon Harris who thanked the presenter for "leading by example"

"With citizens like yourself, following the public health advice so it is so important. And that people listen very carefully to the public health advice.

"If they show symptoms, they should self-isolate and stay at home, contact their GP by phone, and be patient, quite frankly. It's very very busy time as we wait for testing."

Mr Harris warned people need to accept that there will be a big rise in the number of virus cases in the coming days.

Fifty-four new cases were diagnosed in the past 24 hours bringing the total number in the Republic of Ireland to 223.

The newly-diagnosed cases consist of 30 men and 24 women. So far two people have died from coronavirus in Ireland.

Online Editors