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Hollyoaks ‘will continue filming after star Callum Kerr tested positive for COVID-19’

Hollyoaks ‘will continue filming after star Callum Kerr revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 and has gone into self-isolation’

Hollyoaks will reportedly continue to film, even after star Callum Kerr revealed he had contracted coronavirus.

The actor took to his Instagram Stories on Friday to reveal he had to self-isolate for eight days after suffering from ‘mild symptoms.’ 

According to reports following his announcement, soap bosses have put strict protocols in place to ensure a further outbreak of COVID-19 does not take place.

Carrying on: Hollyoaks ‘will continue filming after star Callum Kerr (pictured) revealed he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had gone into self-isolation’, it was reported on Friday

A spokesperson told The Sun: ‘The Hollyoaks production team are working tirelessly to ensure protocols are followed to ensure the safety of cast and crew, which is paramount.

‘Filming continues with robust protocols in place in line with Government guidelines.’

MailOnline has contacted Hollyoaks representatives for comment.  

Callum plays PC George Kiss on the soap and is currently in the midst of one of the soap’s most hard-hitting storylines as he abuses his boyfriend John Paul McQueen.

Safety first: According to reports, soap bosses have put strict protocols in place to ensure a further outbreak of COVID-19 does not take place

Safety first: According to reports, soap bosses have put strict protocols in place to ensure a further outbreak of COVID-19 does not take place

Worrying: On Friday, the actor took to Instagram Stories to reveal he had to self-isolate for eight days after having two coronavirus tests following 'mild symptoms'

Getting there: He added he'd undergone two coronavirus tests following 'mild symptoms'

Worrying: On Friday, the actor took to Instagram Stories to reveal he had to self-isolate for eight days after having two coronavirus tests following ‘mild symptoms’

On Instagram Callum wrote: ‘Caught the virus despite only visiting work and food stores. ‘Tested positive Tuesday and again since to confirm.

‘That’s life. See ya in another 8 days, world. #staysafe.’

Callum reassured fans minutes later he was only suffering ‘mild’ symptoms, adding: ‘Thanks for all the messages, I’m all good.’ 

Dark: Callum plays PC George Kiss on the soap and is currently in the midst of one of the soap's most hard-hitting storylines as he abuses his boyfriend John Paul McQueen

Dark: Callum plays PC George Kiss on the soap and is currently in the midst of one of the soap’s most hard-hitting storylines as he abuses his boyfriend John Paul McQueen 

Callum joined Hollyoaks as PC Kiss in January 2020, and has since been involved in a dark storyline which saw his character being to abuse his boyfriend John Paul.

Filming on the soap has continued despite the COVID-19 lockdown as government guidelines state TV production can carry on with strict social distancing and testing measures.

It comes after the soap denied claims a cast member was threatened with a £1,000 fine after refusing to self-isolate following a positive COVID-19 test. 

A source told The Sun: ‘A member of the cast has said they’ve been hit with a £1000 fine for having to self isolate because of coronavirus.

‘They said they’d been told they had been acting in an irresponsible manner. It’s the talk of the cast and other stars have said they think it’s shocking.’

But a spokesperson for the soap clarified: ‘It is untrue to suggest Hollyoaks would fine anybody for having to self-isolate. 

‘The safety and wellbeing of Hollyoaks cast and crew is paramount as is the need to produce Hollyoaks in a safe environment. 

‘Any breach of government guidelines that could put the health of others at risk could be the subject of appropriate disciplinary action.’

Carrying on: Filming on the soap has continued despite the COVID-19 lockdown as government guidelines state TV production can carry on with social distancing measures

Carrying on: Filming on the soap has continued despite the COVID-19 lockdown as government guidelines state TV production can carry on with social distancing measures

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