Loose Women’s Gloria Hunniford self-isolates from show over coronavirus fears

Loose Women star Gloria Hunniford has decided to self-isolate amid the growing cases of coronavirus in the UK, with COVID-19 declared a pandemic worldwide.

Gloria, 79, had initially planned to continue working in the studio before the new advice and suggested restrictions were announced by the government, in a bid to stop the spreading.

Despite her feeling okay, her family urged her to consider remaining at home because of her age, but more so because of health concerns within the family.

Speaking to the panellists who were in the studio, including Janet Street-Porter, Andrea McLean, Brenda Edwards and Denise Welch, she explained her reasons.

She told them: "I'm feeling absolutely fine but things changed for me last Sunday when more and more information came out.

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"You know me and my work ethic, I would crawl to the studio, to my work, if I could. So up until then I was carrying on as normal.

"Then when everything happened I realised my grandsons who are in their 20s are working from home, my sons are working from home.

"They had to put a bit of pressure on and say, 'Look, Steven had a very bad medical year last year. He's still in recovery so we have to be very careful'.

"I am pre-diabetic so when I listened to to all the research and everything coming out, I thought I have to take action."

It comes after her co-star Janet refused to self-isolate despite also being classed as in the "high risk" group.

Anyone deemed as high risk includes people over the age of 65, people with underlying health conditions and women who are pregnant.

She said: “Can I just say how upset I was at the weekend. I am Sunday morning heard on radio a government minister talking about locking up 70 year olds for three months.

“And now they’re talking about underlying health issues and it hasn’t become house arrest yet.

“It’s house arrest for me.”

Loose Women was played to no live TV audience following suit from US chat shows such as Ellen DeGeneres and The Late Late Show.

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.

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