Dancing on Ice final thrown into chaos over coronavirus outbreak fears
Dancing On Ice execs are taking matters into their own hands after two more patients in the UK have tested positive to the coronavirus.
The show's producers have implemented strict procedures in case there is a virus outbreak in the studio – located at RAF Bovingdon, Hertfordshire.
With confirmed UK cases now at 15 and rising, the show's Creative Director Dan Whiston said they're making sure they're "one step ahead" when it comes to a potential scare.
He revealed they're protecting the cast, crew and presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield by putting "hand sanitiser everywhere".
Speaking to The Sun, Dan said: "We’ve got an amazing medical team. We’ve got an amazing production team that are all over this kind of stuff.
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"There is hand sanitiser everywhere and procedures have been put in place to protect the cast and crew, so I know they’re all over that.
"Without panicking people, you’ve got to be one step in front, always.
"Things like hand sanitiser on the doorways, we encourage that anyway," he added. "You’ve got to step up and do the best you can in the environment we’re in."
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Dan's comments come after a Sport Relief challenge was diverted from Mongolia to Nambia because of concerns about coronavirus in neighbouring China.
Celebrities including Frankie Bridge, Karim Zeroual, Nick Grimshaw and Samantha Womack, were due to take part in an ice challenge, but plans quickly changed after the virus continues to worsen.
The stars had undergone rigorous training to help them face the 100-mile triathlon and plummeting temperatures.
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However, they have since taken part in a four-day, 100-mile expedition across the Namib Desert.
Dancing On Ice continues on Sunday, at 6pm, on ITV.
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