Corrie star in coronavirus isolation after returning from country hit by disease
A Corrie star is in isolation because of the coronavirus.
The actor returned from a holiday abroad in an affected area and has been advised to rest at home.
Their two-week self-isolation has meant scenes have had to be rewritten to cope with their absence.
But Street insiders said the disruption to the ITV soap had so far been “minimal”.
A source said: “The actor spoke to health professionals after coming back home from holiday.
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“They aren’t displaying any symptoms but were advised to self-isolate as a precautionary measure because of where they had been.”
They added: “We film six to eight weeks in advance so there has been room for manoeuvre.
“We’ve only had to write them out of a couple of scenes, while others can be shifted to the future.”
Insiders confirmed that the star had not been on set after coming back from holiday.
A source added: “It’s very much business as usual on the Cobbles.”
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It comes as ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said yesterday that the channel had drawn up a “contingency plan by programme genre”.
She said that the channel “haven’t had to change anything we’re doing on the production side”, but that staff were being advised about foreign travel.
However, there are fears over entertainment shows filmed with a live audience.
Respected industry website Deadline reported that TV bosses were “weighing ways to vet audience members”.
● BRITISH people are the most relaxed in the world about coronavirus, a global study found.
Just 5% are “very scared” by the virus and 19% “somewhat scared”, lower than any other country polled by YouGov.
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