ITV are confident they will be able to continue filming Coronation Street and Emmerdale schedule during the coronavirus outbreak.

The UK broadcaster has put contingency plans in place due to the pandemic, and are taking "appropriate steps" at this time to keep their popular soaps on the telly.

They said: "Our priority is the well-being and safety of all our colleagues and everyone who works with us on our shows and across our production.

"Clearly, along with everyone across the country, we are in a developing and dynamic situation with respect to the coronavirus, so we're taking the appropriate steps.

"We've looked at our procedures and our established contingency plans and we're confident that we're able to continue with our filming schedule."

ITV insist they are "keeping a close eye on the situation" and will support any of their colleagues affected.

Earlier this month, a Coronation Street cast member was self-isolating due coronavirus concerns. The actor, who was not named, stayed away from the set "as a precaution" after returning from holiday, but they weren't showing any symptoms of the virus.

A spokesperson said at the time: "The cast member concerned took the decision to self-isolate as a precaution.

"They haven't been in to work and they are showing no symptoms."