However, with Coronation Street and Emmerdale having already having done so, it seems inevitable that soaps will have to continue to reference coronavirus in the future.

EastEnders has also clarified in its Secrets from the Square spin-off programme there will be implications to characters due to the impact of the virus. 

For example, show veteran Adam Woodyatt – who plays Ian Beale – told host Stacey Dooley his character would come into huge financial difficulties as a result.

But how will Holby City Hospital cope with the impact of coronavirus when the show makes its comeback later this year?

Holby City continues on Tuesday at 8pm on BBC One. 


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