Coronation Street star put into isolation over Coronavirus fears forcing soap script rewrites

A Coronation Street star has self-isolated themselves over Coronavirus fears, forcing soap bosses to rewrite scenes.

The unnamed actor is thought to be showing no symptoms of the virus, but decided to take precautions after returning from a holiday abroad.

While it means the Corrie storyline will be effected by the star's absence, the actor has the full support of ITV bosses as a spokesperson from the soap said: "The cast member concerned took the decision to self-isolate as a precaution.'

They continued: "They haven’t been in to work and they are showing no symptoms," before adding that there has been "no disruption" to filming the much-loved TV series.

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A source has also revealed to the Mirror that the actor has been "written out" of two scenes and has not been on set since returning home.

The mole said: "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.

"It’s very much business as usual on the cobbles."

Coronation Street, of which former star Lucy Fallon said she's been grieving since leaving the soap , isn't the only TV series that's been rocked by the Coronavirus as reality show The Only Way Is Essex is thought to have "cancelled" filming in Tenerife.

The ITVBe series is understood to have plans to start filming in the Canary Islands in the next few weeks for the show’s annual episodes, but producers have reportedly been forced to scrap these plans after the global virus outbreak.

A source told The Sun Online: "Everyone's talking about it – the cast members who were due to go have been told it's not happening now and they're rethinking plans.

"The last thing anyone would want is for them to be in danger and they're following travel advice when filming."

The Only Way Is Essex cast have previously filmed in Marbella, Thailand and Sardinia for the special episode.

A spokesperson for the ITVBe reality show said: "No decisions have been made on filming locations for the next series."

The Coronavirus, which has lead to a change the law so that people who self-isolate will get sick pay from the first day, has been confirmed in a number of countries across the world, including Tenerife, where a hotel in Costa Adeje has been put into lockdown.

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The number of UK people diagnosed with the virus has reached 116, a number that's doubled in the last 24 hours.

Despite efforts to contain the virus, Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, said it is likely to be spreading across the country undetected.

The professor also said he believes the virus is "likely, not definite" to turn into an epidemic in the next few months, despite raising the risk of contracting the virus from low to moderate.

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