Coronation Street was reported to have been infected by coronavirus after one cast member had been told to self-isolate for two weeks.
The source claimed that one of the soap stars had been ordered to stay home after returning from a holiday abroad, but the filming disruption was' minimal.' The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK increased to 116 on Thursday, 5 March, with the first confirmed death being identified at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading
In a statement, the representative for Coronation Street said:' The decision on self-isolation was made by the casting member concerned as a precaution. They haven't been to work, and they don't show any symptoms. There was no interruption to shooting.' This emerged after a source told The Mirror,' The star spoke to health professionals upon coming home.
They have no symptoms but have been told to self-isolate as a precautionary measure because of where they have been. We're shooting six to eight weeks in advance, so there's room for maneuver.
On Thursday, Public Health England announced that the number of coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom had increased to 116, with the first death also confirmed in Reading.
Somebody who is diagnosed with coronavirus will spread it with just a quick cough or a sneeze, scientists say.
More than 3,200 individuals with the virus are now known to have died, and more than 94,000 have been infected
England's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, confirmed today that it is' highly possible' that the virus is now circulating across the UK among those who haven't traveled. He noted that there will be more cases in the United Kingdom, and it is unlikely that the government will be able to prevent an outbreak at some point in time.
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But Professor Whitty said that he did not expect cases to escalate among health workers, because the managers would be advised not to work during sickness and to go home at first sight of the infection.
Despite the precautions, a medical expert recently told MailOnline that masks can't protect against the virus and that using them could make it worse.
Meanwhile, Public Health England stated that there is' very little evidence' that masks are efficient' outside of clinical settings,' such as hospitals.
Nonetheless, recent tests by the Health and Safety Executive have shown that any kind of safety is better than nothing.