'Dancing On Ice' has measures in place as coronavirus continues to spread

Julia HuntContributor
Yahoo Celebrity UK
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby during the Dancing On Ice 2019 photocall (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby during the Dancing On Ice 2019 photocall (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Dancing On Ice has revealed it has a medical team and other measures in place amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The ITV show’s associate creative director Dan Whiston said steps were taken because “you've got to be one step in front, always”.

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So far more than 82,000 people have been infected by the virus around the world, with 16 people in the UK testing positive. More than 2,800 people have died.

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Dancing On Ice judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean
Dancing On Ice judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

Whiston told The Sun Online: "We've got an amazing medical team. We've got an amazing production team that are all over this kind of stuff.

"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.”

Whiston said that things such as hand sanitiser are encouraged anyway on the programme.

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This weekend will see the semi-final of the ice-skating show, which is hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Just four skaters remain in the running to be crowned champions – magician Ben Hanlin, actor Joe Swash, Paralympian Libby Clegg and Diversity dancer Perri Kiely.

Kiely is considered to be a frontrunner after receiving three perfect 10s and a 9.5 from judges Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo last week.

The coronavirus outbreak started at the end of 2019 and has now spread to more than 35 countries.

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