Coronation Street star who had to self-isolate amid coronavirus panic has been cleared and will return to filming


THE CORONATION Street star who put themselves in self-isolation over coronavirus fears has been cleared to return to filming.

The unnamed actor made the decision to take extra precautions after returning from their holiday with the full support of ITV.

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Corrie bosses have been forced to re-write scenes

There have been 116 confirmed cases of the disease in the UK with one death.

It is understood the soap star does not have any symptoms and it was a precautionary measure while investigations were carried out into where they had been.

That investigation has now concluded and following appropriate advice the cast member will return to filming when next scheduled.

A Coronation Street spokeswoman told HOAR Online: “The Coronation Street cast member referred to in reports this morning has been advised by health professionals that they are not required to self isolate, following this advice they will be returning to work when they are next scheduled to film.

“The initial personal decision was taken as a precautionary measure.”

Corrie bosses had been forced to re-write two scenes to accommodate the cast member’s absence.

A source revealed that the decision will only affect a small number of scenes which have been re-written and no major storylines will be altered.

A spokeswoman confirmed the news to HOAR Online in a statement: “The cast member concerned took the decision to self isolate as a precaution.

“They haven’t been in to work and they are showing no symptoms. There has been no disruption to filming.”

People have been wearing face masks over fears of the virus

A source told the Mirror: “The actor spoke to health professionals after coming back home.

“They aren’t displaying any symptoms but were advised to self-isolate as a precautionary measure because of where they had been.

“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 comes after it was confirmed that a British woman has become the first patient to die in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Royal Berkshire NHS Trust said the 75-year-old had underlying health conditions as the number of cases of the killer bug topped 100 across the country.

There have been more than 96,000 cases of the illness worldwide.

The Department of Health yesterday confirmed 116 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus and eight are believed to have caught the disease within the UK.

London is the worst-hit area with 25 cases, while 17 people in North-West England have been infected.

The UK total has doubled in two days. Of the patients to have caught the virus, 18 have since made a full recovery.

The release of the next James Bond film has been postponed until November amid coronavirus fears

The spread of the disease has caused film bosses to postpone the release of the new James Bond movie No Time To Die until November.

Studio bosses have pushed back the latest film in the 007 franchise by six months after evaluation of the “global theatrical marketplace”.

The film will now be released in the UK on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the US launch on November 25, 2020.

SunSport revealed on Tuesday how Prem chiefs have sent letters to all 20 sides warning of the possibility of no fans in grounds to ensure the season is completed.

However, a long list of sporting fixtures have already been scrapped or postponed as authorities take further steps to try and reduce the spread of the infectious disease.

Italy’s Six Nations fixtures against Ireland and England will be played later in the year while the Chinese Grand Prix, football matches in Italy and the UAE cycling tour have also been suspended.

Experts have warned there will be more deaths as the number of confirmed cases increase and “vulnerable populations become exposed”.

Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, said Britain will be hit by six months of coronavirus chaos and should expect more deaths.

He told Sky News: “We should expect more cases in the UK, this is the start of an outbreak, clearly.

“We have cases across Europe, across the world, this is a global epidemic and we would expect to see more cases in the UK.