HANDSHAKING has been banned on the set of Coronation Street and Emmerdale as coronavirus fears sweep the nation.
Bosses at ITV have made the decision to ensure the cast and crew of the country’s favourite soaps are taking precautions against infection.
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A source told The Sun Online: "There's hand sanitizer everywhere, and signs up telling people not to shake hands, and to wash them regularly.”
There have been 163 confirmed cases of the disease in the UK with one confirmed death, and one man who is suspected to have passed away after contracting the bug.
Earlier today we revealed that Corrie was thrown into chaos after one of its stars decided to self-isolate are returning from holiday – meaning two scenes had to be re-written to accommodate their absence.
However they have now been given the all clear and will be returning to filming.
A Coronation Street spokeswoman told The Sun 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."
It’s is not just soap sets that have banned handshaking – at one of Peter Andre’s recent shows, signs appeared warning people not to touch him.
The read: “Due to the recent cases of the coronavirus please DO NOT have any physical contact with Peter Andre.
“Please DO NOT take any selfies with Peter Andrew. Apologies for any inconvenience. Thank you.”
Yesterday 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.
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