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Susanna Reid calls in from home to take part in GMB after revealing she is self-isolating

Susanna Reid calls in from home to take part in GMB after revealing she is self-isolating

Susanna Reid skyped in from home during Tuesday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, after self-isolating due to coronavirus symptoms in her household. The ITV presenter announced Monday evening that she will be self -isolating at her London home after a member of her household developed symptoms akin to those displayed by coronavirus COVID-19 carriers and would not return

Susanna Reid skyped in from home during Tuesday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, after self-isolating due to coronavirus symptoms in her household.

The ITV presenter announced Monday evening that she will be self -isolating at her London home after a member of her household developed symptoms akin to those displayed by coronavirus COVID-19 carriers and would not return to GMB as she adopts the precautionary measure laid out by the World Health Organisation.

She took part in Tuesday’s show via video call to join her co-star Piers Morgan as he joked she was self-isolating to avoid him.

Working from home: Susanna Reid called in from home during Tuesday's episode of Good Morning Britain, after self-isolating due to coronavirus symptoms in her household

Working from home: Susanna Reid called in from home during Tuesday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, after self-isolating due to coronavirus symptoms in her household

Speaking to Susanna via video link at the opening of the show Piers quipped: ‘I’ve heard some ways of avoiding working with me but this is ridiculous.’

‘Finally after all these years I’ve put myself in self-isolation from you,’ she replied.

Susanna reassured viewers she had no symptoms, explaining that one of her children had mild symptoms that appeared on Monday.

She told Piers: ‘One of my children has a cough, a persistent cough. And that came on yesterday. Before the briefing yesterday afternoon, the advice had been the person themselves would be confined to the house for seven days. 

‘Well, suddenly with these new drastic action measures, that changed yesterday afternoon. It meant if one member of your household had the cough or fever you would all have to go in self isolation for 14 days. Immediately, I thought I can’t go into work and work with you guys for 14 days.

Revelation: Addressing Twitter followers on Monday evening, Susanna, 49, admitted she was distancing herself from the ITV production team, her co-hosts and members of the public ¿ despite showing no symptoms herself

Revelation: Addressing Twitter followers on Monday evening, Susanna, 49, admitted she was distancing herself from the ITV production team, her co-hosts and members of the public – despite showing no symptoms herself

Self-isolating: She took part in Tuesday's show, appearing via video call to join her co-star Piers Morgan as he joked she was self-isolating to avoid him

Self-isolating: She took part in Tuesday’s show, appearing via video call to join her co-star Piers Morgan as he joked she was self-isolating to avoid him

Susanna shares three teenage sons with her ex husband Dominic Cotton, and pointed out that one child’s symptoms have meant both households are self-isolating. 

‘All the children are off. We’re two households. It’s a very unusual situation. I am very, very lucky. I’m paid even when I’m sick. I’m in a privileged position.’

Piers was keen to point out that a lack of testing available for coronavirus meant Susanna and her family probably won’t find out if they have they have contracted the virus.

He said: ‘You don’t know your son has coronavirus. You might all be doing this 14 day self isolation. Quite a lot of people for your two households, for no reason. Nobody knows if they’ve got someone who’s got it.’  

No symptoms: Susanna reassured viewers she had no symptoms, explaining that one of her children had mild symptoms that appeared on Monday

No symptoms: Susanna reassured viewers she had no symptoms, explaining that one of her children had mild symptoms that appeared on Monday

Later in the show Susanna joined a debate with resident doctor Dr Hilary Jones, where she pleaded for a government minister to come on the programme to advise viewers on the ramped-up measures.

‘Firstly I am following now religiously now the government advice as it was changed yesterday and as a result of that I would like to ask a government minister to be on Good Morning Britain in order to answer these questions.’

‘It is absolutely outrageous that they haven’t been and I want to hear answers from them. I’m doing exactly what they are asking me to do. I think it is reasonable that they appear on our programme to answer our questions.’ 

At home: Susanna shares three teenage sons with her ex husband Dominic Cotton, and pointed out that one child's symptoms have meant both households are self-isolating

At home: Susanna shares three teenage sons with her ex husband Dominic Cotton, and pointed out that one child’s symptoms have meant both households are self-isolating

Addressing Twitter followers on Monday evening, Susanna, 49, admitted she was distancing herself from the ITV production team, her co-hosts and members of the public – despite showing no symptoms herself.

She wrote: ‘I am currently well but due to the new advice today I will be self-isolating for two weeks due to symptoms in my household. Stay well everyone.’ 

Susanna’s admission came shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Brits to work from home, stay away from bars, clubs and restaurants and avoid ‘all non-essential contact’ for 12-weeks.  

The PM warned that the coronavirus was now in a phase of rapid spread across the UK, with London seeing a particular surge, and it was time to take radical action to stop the NHS being swamped.

Guideline: Susanna's tweet on Monday night came shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Brits to work from home, stay away from bars, clubs and restaurants and avoid 'all non-essential contact'

Guideline: Susanna’s tweet on Monday night came shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Brits to work from home, stay away from bars, clubs and restaurants and avoid ‘all non-essential contact’

Everyone should avoid contact that is not absolutely necessary – with restaurants, bars and cinemas and travel off limits, and an end to large gatherings. Admitting that the squeeze could last 12 weeks or even longer, the PM acknowledged he was ‘asking a lot’.

Entire households should self-isolate for two weeks if one person has been showing symptoms, and older people should prepare to stay away from risks for months to come. He said that meant ‘you should not go out, even to buy food or essentials’.

The breakneck developments came amid growing criticism of the UK government’s response, which has looked increasingly out of step with that around the globe. 

In the studio: Susanna featured on Monday¿s edition of the show alongside Piers Morgan and resident Doctor Hilary Jones

In the studio: Susanna featured on Monday’s edition of the show alongside Piers Morgan and resident Doctor Hilary Jones 

Moments after Johnson’s dramatic press conference, actor  Idris Elba revealed he has tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The actor, 47, told followers he ‘feels ok’ and has no symptoms but has decided to self-isolate following his exposure to COVID-19.

Posting a video on social media, the star sat next to his wife Sabrina to give fans an update on his condition.

Isolating: Idris Elba, 47,  revealed he has tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday evening

Isolating: Idris Elba, 47,  revealed he has tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday evening

Idris had attended the WE Day UK Charity event and concert in London last Tuesday March 3 with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

He confirmed that wife Sabrina had not yet been tested but said that she also ‘feels ok’ at the moment.

The Luther star added that he only got tested after coming into contact with someone who later confirmed that they had coronavirus, before quarantining himself and getting tested ‘immediately’.

He received the news of his results on Monday morning.

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