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EastEnders confirms two members have tested positive for Covid on set

EXCLUSIVE: EastEnders reveals two members have tested positive for Covid on set… but confirm production hasn’t been impacted

  • Bosses have confirmed there have been two positive cases of coronavirus on set at Elstree Studios
  • A spokesperson for the BBC revealed the members are currently self-isolating at home
  • It is currently unclear whether it was a cast or crew member who tested positive for the virus
  • Staff of the BBC One soap have been regularly tested for the virus since filming resumed on June 29

EastEnders has confirmed there have been two positive cases of coronavirus on set at Elstree Studios.

A spokesperson for the BBC revealed the members are currently self-isolating at home, and production will not be impacted.

They told MailOnline: ‘We can confirm that two members of the EastEnders team have tested positive for coronavirus and they are now self-isolating at home following the latest government guidelines. 

Update: EastEnders has confirmed there have been two positive cases of coronavirus on set at Elstree Studios

‘We have rigorous protocols in place to manage Covid-19 as the safety of all those involved in the production is paramount.’ 

It is currently unclear whether it was a cast or crew member who tested positive for the virus. 

Staff of the BBC One hit have been regularly tested for the virus since filming resumed on June 29. 

On their first day back, stalwarts on the show including Danny Dyer, Adam Woodyatt and Jake Wood were pictured adhering to social distancing guidelines while filming their scenes.  

Protocol: A spokesperson revealed the members of staff are currently self-isolating at home, and production will not be impacted (Pictured: crew testing cast on arrival on Wednesday)

Protocol: A spokesperson revealed the members of staff are currently self-isolating at home, and production will not be impacted (Pictured: crew testing cast on arrival on Wednesday)

Under wraps: It is currently unclear whether it was a cast or crew member who tested positive for the virus

Under wraps: It is currently unclear whether it was a cast or crew member who tested positive for the virus 

Following the rules: Staff of the BBC One hit have been regularly tested for the virus since filming resumed on June 29 (Mick and Tina Carter pictured on their first day back)

Following the rules: Staff of the BBC One hit have been regularly tested for the virus since filming resumed on June 29 (Mick and Tina Carter pictured on their first day back)

Production on EastEnders came to a halt in March, when the UK went into lockdown and most people were instructed to stay home, and work from home if possible. 

Fans recently lauded producers for their clever camera trickery after watching Martin Fowler (James Bye) and Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) have EastEnders’ first socially-distanced kiss. 

Camera shots and the use of a railing obscured where they would have made contact. 

All under control: Guards were seen recording temperatures as people entered the premise

All under control: Guards were seen recording temperatures as people entered the premise 

Safety comes first: Protective face shields, masks and disposable gloves were worn

Safety comes first: Protective face shields, masks and disposable gloves were worn

What's going on? An ambulance was also seen nearby, but it is unclear whether it arrived for the show

What’s going on? An ambulance was also seen nearby, but it is unclear whether it arrived for the show

Pause: Production on EastEnders came to a halt in March, when the UK went into lockdown and most people were instructed to stay home and work from home if possible

Pause: Production on EastEnders came to a halt in March, when the UK went into lockdown and most people were instructed to stay home and work from home if possible

Builders have been keeping busy to complete the soap’s new £87 million set, with work being finished on the redesigned Queen Vic pub along with a slew of other businesses earlier this week. 

Production on the premises has been ongoing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and despite being a step closer to completion, work is still not expected to be done until 2023.

Last month, Coronation Street executives were forced to reschedule production after a member of the cast tested positive for Covid-19 after being on set.

Following the rules! Fans recently lauded producers for their clever camera trickery after watching Martin Fowler and Ruby Allen have the show's first socially-distanced kiss

Following the rules! Fans recently lauded producers for their clever camera trickery after watching Martin Fowler and Ruby Allen have the show’s first socially-distanced kiss 

The long-running series had to briefly shut down certain areas of the set for a deep clean, after the coronavirus positive actor had filmed scenes.

It has been reported that although certain areas were closed down it did not affect filming due to its two-metre distancing rules.

A spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm a member of the Coronation Street team has tested positive for coronavirus. The protocols we have in place for such an eventuality have been implemented and the individual is now self isolating at home. 

‘Although we do not believe anyone has been within 2m of the individual, as a precaution, the production team who were working with the individual have been notified.

‘In keeping with health and safety guidance, we have also undertaken an intensive clean of touch points in the cohort area where the individual was working and areas of the building they visited. 

The representative for the ITV show also confirmed filming continued after the situation was contained following an extensive clean in the targeted area.  

It has been stated that the programme is assured that no longer member of the crew or cast came into close contact with the actor. 

Affected: Last month, Coronation Street executives were forced to reschedule production after a member of the cast tested positive for Covid-19 after being on set

Affected: Last month, Coronation Street executives were forced to reschedule production after a member of the cast tested positive for Covid-19 after being on set

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