EastEnders suspends filming ‘until further notice’ as coronavirus sweeps the globe

EastEnders has suspended filming "until further notice" as coronavirus continues to sweep the globe.

The BBC One soap has confirmed that it will reduce the number episodes broadcast to two per week to ensure they'll be able to keep the series going amid the outbreak.

A spokesperson for the show said in a statement: "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.

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"The decision was made after the latest government update."

The statement explained that the reduction of episodes will allow the BBC to keep the series going for "as long as possible".

It added: "We will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England."

This is the first time since 2001 that the soap will be broadcasting less than four episodes per week.

However, EastEnders isn't the only show taking precautions against spreading coronavirus as earlier today it was reported that Coronation Street bosses have banned kissing scenes from their show.

To keep the show running despite the outbreak producers are taking precautions to "limit physical contact", which means entire scenes have had to be rewritten.

A source closely linked to the popular soap, of which one star has already self-isolated, said: "All of the soaps are desperate to keep running.

"If they disappear out of the schedules there’s huge gaps which is a major headache.

“Coronation Street shoots about six to eight weeks in advance, so viewers might see some kissing in the next month or so, but the scenes they’re shooting right now will have nothing of the sort in. They are taking no chances."

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The insider continued by telling The Sun Online: "The longer they can keep cast and crew well, the better, and if a storyline has to suffer slightly by losing a kiss so be it."

ITV added: "Scenes with kissing or close contact are being altered to minimise contact."

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