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Coronation Street and Emmerdale to ‘remind viewers of public health issues’

The programmes do not normally reference topical issues because they are filmed far in advance, according to ITV.

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The importance of hand washing will be referenced in the soaps (Dave Thompson/PA)

The importance of hand washing will be referenced in the soaps (Dave Thompson/PA)

The importance of hand washing will be referenced in the soaps (Dave Thompson/PA)

ITV are going to use the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale to “remind people of important public health issues” amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a spokeswoman for the broadcaster.

The importance of hand washing is among the topics that will be covered by the programmes.

The soaps do not typically make reference to current affairs because they are filmed well in advance of being broadcast, according to ITV.

Christmas on Coronation Street – Manchester
(Peter Byrne/PA)

The spokeswoman said: “Because we script and shoot so far in advance we don’t generally reflect contemporary issues.

“However we are going to use the soaps to remind people of important public health issues such as the need to wash their hands.

“We’ll try and do more such messages going forward.”

Emmerdale Village Set – Press Day – 30th Anniversary Celebrations
(Tim Whitby/PA)

Earlier this month, an unnamed cast member from Coronation Street entered precautionary self-isolation over fears that they had contracted coronavirus.

However, they later returned to work after being advised by health professionals that they no longer needed to be in isolation and could safely continue filming.

There was no disruption to filming of the soap.

PA