Nick Robinson revealed today he is in coronavirus self-quarantine after returning from a holiday to Vietnam and Cambodia with a cough – joining Channel 4’s Jon Snow who has just come back from Iran.
The BBC Today host revealed how he drove to hospital to be met by a nurse in full protective gear for a test through his car window, and is now spending 48 hours at home to wait for the results.
Robinson used his experience of the ‘precautionary’ test to make a joke at the expense of Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings, quipping that he would like to ‘quarantine us all’.
The BBC Today host revealed how he drove to hospital to be met by a nurse in full protective gear for a test through his car window, and is now spending 48 hours at home to wait for the results
Robinson praised NHS staff for their work in fighting the virus after he was tested in a hospital car park
The broadcaster, who spoke to Channel 4 tonight via videolink, will remain in quarantine for the next two weeks after visiting the country to cover its election
Robinson told Today when asked about his experience: ‘I’m fine actually, I’ve just had a fantastic three-week holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia. As you maybe can hear I’m a little bit croaky.
‘I’ve got a little bit of a cough but I did before I went on holiday. Still, my doctor said as a precaution – and frankly to be considerate – I should report myself as Vietnam and Cambodia were added to the list yesterday of places where you should get a test after returning.’
Robinson phoned 111 and was told to drive himself to hospital to avoid infecting others.
He continued: ‘A nurse came out into the car park fully protected with a plastic face visor, rubber gloves, disposable aprons, then carried out the kind of the routine test you would have in hospital but through the car window.
‘So your blood pressure, your temperature, oxygen saturation levels, then they’ll put a cotton swab in your nose so they can do a test. Then you go home for 48 hours for results and when they say – as expected – that you haven’t got the virus you can leave home.’
Asked about whether the system could struggle with more people, Robinson added: ‘I was there for two and a half hours, it is hugely time-consuming for what in my case was merely a precaution. Although I would suspect Dominic Cummings would like to quarantine us all.’
It comes as Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow has announced he is self-isolating after travelling to Iran, which is firefighting one of the largest coronavirus crises outside China.
The broadcaster, 72, will remain in quarantine for the next two weeks after visiting the country to cover its election.