Corrie stars take selfies at set as filming shuts down due to coronavirus
15th September 2020

Coronation Street stars were spotted taking selfies today outside the set of the ITV soap, after filming was slightly disrupted due to an actor testing positive with coronavirus.

Jack P Shepherd (David Platt), Tina O’Brien (Sarah Platt), and Ryan Prescott (Ryan Connor) were among the cast members who stopped to take selfies with fans.

Social distancing guidelines were evidently adhered to.

It was revealed earlier today that a cast member of soap had tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokesperson told The Guardian: ‘We can confirm a member of the Coronation Street team has tested positive for coronavirus.

‘The protocols we have in place for such an eventuality have been implemented and the individual is now self-isolating at home.’

‘Although we do not believe anyone has been within 2m of the individual, as a precaution, the production team who were working with the individual have been notified. 

‘In keeping with health and safety guidance, we have also undertaken an intensive clean of touch points in the cohort area where the individual was working and areas of the building they visited. 

‘We believe the situation has been contained and filming continued on Monday.’

The long-running serial drama initially shut down production back in March as a result of the pandemic.

The decision was then taken to ration out the remaining instalments at three a week, as opposed to six, in an effort to ensure the national institution remained on the air.

In spite of fears that the soap would go off the air for the second time in history — it took a hiatus in 1979 — production later resumed and thus it remained on our screens amid the pandemic.

Tthe weekly output remained at three instalments a week, but earlier this week, it resumed its six a week episode pattern.

Last night was the first time since March that two episodes of Corrie aired in a single night.

The two episodes featured huge developments for Leanne Tilsley (Jane Danson) and Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson).

The cobbles icons learned that Oliver — who has been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease — is only alive as a result of life support.

However, she refused to ‘give up’ on her son, as she fights to find a cure.

Coronation Street continues Wednesday September 16 at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.

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