German Big Brother cast to be told about coronavirus live on TV

Germany's Big Brother contestants are to be told about the coronavirus live on TV.

The contestants have currently been unaware about COVID-19 since the first cases of coronavirus outside of Wuhan were reported in early February.

However, they'll finally be informed on Tuesday night in a live TV special, after "consultation with relatives".

This comes as Germany currently has close to 7,000 confirmed infections, with 14 deaths, which the housemates have no idea about currently.

The move to tell the reality stars comes amid criticism on social media that broadcaster SAT.1 hadn't told the 14 men and women locked inside the house in Cologne.

Four new contestants even joined the show on 9 March were told not to talk about coronavirus.

SAT.1 has updated its rules, which usually means housemates are only informed about the outside world if a close relative or friend dies, according to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The show's host Jochen Schropp and its resident doctor will inform housemates about the growing pandemic on tonight's show, according to reports.

It's expected they will be told about the number of cases in Germany – and informed that Chancellor Angela Merkel has closed clubs, bars, leisure facilities, zoos and playgrounds.

They are also set to be informed about how coronavirus is affecting other countries.

It's claimed housemates will get a chance to ask questions and see video messages from relatives.

The German Big Brother housemates aren't the only ones unaware about coronavirus.

Brazil's 20th season of Big Brother has been running since 21 January – and is scheduled to last until late April.

The housemates have reportedly not been told about coronavirus.

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