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Procedure: Ryan Tubridy is shown how the test for Covid-19 works on ‘The Late Late Show’

Procedure: Ryan Tubridy is shown how the test for Covid-19 works on ‘The Late Late Show’

Procedure: Ryan Tubridy is shown how the test for Covid-19 works on ‘The Late Late Show’

RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mr Tubridy was last week off the air and self-isolating due to illness. In a statement yesterday, the broadcaster confirmed his test for the virus was positive.

"Like so many other people in Ireland, I tested positive but I was in the very fortunate position to have a very unintrusive experience, which I now have come to the end of," he said. "While I've been at home watching television and listening to the radio, I have been bowled over by the extraordinary work of our frontline heroes and their families who continue to make Ireland a healthier and safer place.

"I look forward to being back to work really soon."

According to RTÉ, Mr Tubridy is doing well at home. "We have no further comment to make," a statement said.

Since the Government began introducing emergency measures to stem the flow of the virus, Mr Tubridy has used the platform of 'The Late Late Show' to broadcast tips and information.

In one episode he, along with Dr Sarah Doyle, used the set of 'Fair City' to demonstrate how to self-isolate.

He also underwent the procedure for testing for the virus on the show. This was in his last broadcast before he went into isolation.

History was made last Friday when Miriam O'Callaghan became the first woman to present the world's longest- running talk show in his absence.

Her stand-in performance, which won rave reviews, came as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced even stricter lock-down measures.

"The Taoiseach had made that statement and people were very anxious and nervous and I knew I had to get the tone right," she said over the weekend.

Mr Tubridy's case came after fellow broadcaster Claire Byrne confirmed earlier this month she had the virus.

She said at the time she felt "shocked" and "guilty" when she tested positive.

She started with a head cold, before her condition worsened with a "hacking cough" and "real fatigue". Despite her diagnosis, she hosted 'Claire Byrne Live' via video link from her garden shed.

Newstalk presenter and 'Sunday Independent' columnist Dr Ciara Kelly was also struck down with the virus this month. "For me, it felt like a bad flu, I had a sore throat, and a tightness and burning in my chest. I was a bit short of breath. And I was very tired, a bit dizzy and a bit wobbly when I stood up," she said.

Irish Independent


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