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Fearless frontline staff to take centre stage on Late Late Show

As Ireland continues to come to grips with the Covid-19 pandemic, this week's Late Late Show will hear from those on the frontlines in the fight against the virus.

Ryan Tubridy will hear from Ireland's courageous and fearless frontline emergency services staff who have been working tirelessly to help fight and prevent the spread of the coronavirus which has spread across the globe.

As more and more testing centres are opened around the country, viewers will be taken through a step-by-step demonstration of what exactly happens when you are tested for Covid-19.

Knowing what is involved in the test might ease some of the anxiety people may have about undergoing the test.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will be in the studio with Ryan to answer questions submitted by viewers about the financial uncertainty faced by thousands of people around the country as a result of the virus.

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan will also be on hand to provide the latest updates.

Aside from coverage of the virus, this week's Late Late will bring a whole host of guests speaking from locations around Ireland and beyond.

Billy Holland with his wife Lanlih and their son, Matthew

Munster rugby player Billy Holland and his wife Lanlih will introduce their newborn son, Matthew, to the world.

The couple raised hundreds of thousands of euro for charity after they lost their baby girl Emmeline to a rare disorder and this week described Matthew as a "gift from Emmeline".

Actor, author, comedian and broadcasting legend Stephen Fry will be chatting with Ryan as will Daniel and Majella O'Donnell, musician Sharon Corr and restaurateurs Derry and Sallyanne Clarke.

[ul][b]Useful information[/b] [li]The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here [/li] [li]Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;[/li] [li]GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.[/li] [li]ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024[/li] [/ul]