Production on ITV soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale has been suspended.

ITV announced the news that both soaps would cease production from today, Monday March 23.

"We've been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the government’s latest health guidelines," matching statements on the official Twitter accounts for Coronation and Emmerdale reads.

"However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming.

"We’d like to thank our viewers for their support and hope they continue to enjoy both soaps in the coming months."

It has not been announced yet when the soaps will stop airing.

The news comes after RTÉ suspended production on Fair City, with the show now being broadcast twice a week.

"Broadcasting two episodes a week will mean that viewers can enjoy all the happenings in Carrigstown until mid April," RTÉ said in a statement.

"Thanks to our viewers for watching. We will endeavor to get back and running as soon as is possible."

The BBC have also stopped production on a number of shows, including EastEnders.

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