BBC presenter insists 'she doesn't have a fever' as she clears throat

A BBC newsreader worriedly disclaimed that she had a frog in her throat and not symptoms of coronavirus much to the amusement of audiences.

Carrie Gracie was forced to explain that she didn’t have a fever as she stopped to clear her hoarse voice ahead of a phone-in on Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered on Wednesday night.

‘I’m just going to say now that I’ve got a catch in my throat that is not a persistent cough and I don’t have a fever,’ Carrie said, before adding: ‘This studio is sometimes dusty.’

Viewers were tickled by Carrie’s explanation and took to Twitter to share their delight, with one writing: ‘Carrie Gracie coughing live on air is all of us now.’

‘Newsreader coughing on BBC 24 just now is officially the funniest thing I’ve seen all day,’ another posted.

If you think you may have symptoms of the virus do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital. Instead you should stay at home and self-isolate for seven days – with advice on what to do given by the NHS website.

If your symptoms get worse or you feel you cannot cope with them at home, use the NHS 111 Online Coronavirus service or call 111 if you cannot get help online.

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