CORONATION Street's over 70s will be written out of the soap over coronavirus.
The older actors on set will be removed from upcoming scenes to allow them to follow Government advice to social distance in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
Corrie has six full-time actors over 70 – all of whom are following Government advice to social distance and remain at home.
Bill Roache who plays Ken Barlow, Sue Nicholls (Audrey), Maureen Lipman (Evelyn), Rula Lenska (Claudia), Barbara Knox (Rita) and Malcolm Hebden (Norris).
A Coronation Street spokeswoman told the Mirror: "With regards to over 70s we will be adhering to all government guidelines and following the appropriate steps."
The soap films six to eight weeks in advance so any changes will not be seen on screen for a while yet.
It comes as the BBC decided to halt production on all BBC Studios shows amid the pandemic.
EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty and Doctors have all stopped filming with immediate effect.
Scottish drama River City has also been pulled from production as has Welsh soap Pobol y Cwm.
An EastEnders spokeswoman told The Sun Online: "In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on EastEnders will be postponed until further notice.
"The decision was made after the latest government update. We will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.
"We have also taken the decision to reduce the amount of episodes we broadcast each week to two, so that we can ensure the audience can continue to enjoy EastEnders in their homes for as long as possible."
In the UK, coronavirus has killed 71 people while a total of 1,950 have been struck down with the illness.
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