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Coronation Street star self-isolating over coronavirus fears is 'cleared to return'

They have been cleared to return to work

The Coronation Street star who self-isolated after a holiday over coronavirus fears has been cleared to return to work.

The unnamed actor had visited a country affected by the virus and had chosen to self-isolate after taking appropriate advice.

The cast member has been given the all-clear to return to work (Credit: ITV)

They had not shown any symptoms of the illness, however now it has been confirmed that they have been cleared to return to work when next scheduled.

A Coronation Street spokeswoman is reported to have told The Sun Online: "The Coronation Street cast member referred to in reports this morning has been advised by health professionals that they are not required to self isolate, following this advice they will be returning to work when they are next scheduled to film.

"The initial personal decision was taken as a precautionary measure."

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As previously reported in the Mirror, a source said: "The actor spoke to health professionals after coming back home.

"They aren't displaying any symptoms but were advised to self-isolate as a precautionary measure because of where they had been.

"We film six to eight weeks in advance so there has been room to manoeuvre. We've only had to write them out of a couple of scenes, while the others can be shifted to the future."

The virus has claimed thousands of lives around the world (Credit: Pixabay)

A spokesperson for the soap confirmed the news in a statement to the Metro. They said: "The cast member concerned took the decision to self-isolate as a precaution.

"They haven't been into work and they are showing no symptoms. There has been no disruption to filming."

At the time of writing, there have been 116 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and earlier this week, Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty, warned the UK is likely to see "some deaths" in the coming months as a "significant number" of people catch the flu-like virus.

On Wednesday March 4, an older patient was the first person in the UK to die from the disease.

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A statement from the NHS trust said: "Sadly, we can confirm that an older patient with underlying health conditions has died.

"The patient has previously been in and out of hospital for non-coronavirus reasons, but on this occasion was admitted and last night tested positive for coronavirus.

"The family has been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

The statement went on to say that the trust would not be commenting further and asked that everybody "respects the family's privacy".

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