CORONATION Street fans are scared for Ken Barlow as they believe he should be self-isolating due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The soap icon recently left Weatherfield and moved into a swanky retirement complex with girlfriend Claudia Colby.
Ken, 80, made the bold decision to leave the cobbles after living on the street for his entire life.
He moved into a luxury retirement flat after agreeing to sell his home of Number One, Coronation Street to daughter Tracy and her husband Steve.
He is the only remaining character from the first episode of the soap and Ken made the decision to head for pastures new in the special 10,000th episode last month.
Actor Bill Roache, 87, explained that Ken needed to take his final chance to have an adventure: "He has lived on the same street his whole life and in the same house for most of it. He feels that he had a chance to move away with Martha on the barge but he let her go".
In last's episode night fans saw Ken getting used to life in his new home, but fans fear he may fall victim to the coronavirus outbreak, as one fan said: "How long before Ken Barlow gets it and spreads it to his new neighbours in the retirement block."
Another added: "If you thought soaps weren't masochistic enough already then this year is gonna be off the charts, what the f**k is Ken Barlow gonna do against corona virus?"
A third viewer chimed in: "Shocking behaviour. Ken Barlow is on the high risk list too."
Whilst a fourth fan tweeted: "Ken Barlow picked the wrong month to move in to an older person's community :("
Another fan joked: "This is going to sound stupid, but does this mean Ken Barlow on Corrie is going to be in plague infested senior housing?"
The elderly have been told to self-isolate because their immune systems are weaker – meaning their bodies are less able to fight Covid-19, which has wept through the UK and the rest of the world.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock recently confirmed that anyone over the age of 70 will be told to self-isolate for up to four months in a bid to save lives.
The Health Secretary refused to reveal exactly when the "wartime-style" plan for over 70's to self-isolate would swing into action, but said it would be in the "coming weeks."
ITV has rolled out its biggest shows in the fight against coronavirus, with both Coronation Street and Emmerdale set to feature storylines about the disease.
Alongside the long-running plots, both soaps will remind viewers of things they can do to ward it off – starting from this week.
An ITV spokesperson explained: "We are going to use the soaps to remind people of important public health issues such as the need to wash their hands. We'll try and do more such messages going forward."
Both soaps could be hit hard by the pandemic, with plans to air just twice a week if cast members get struck down by the illness, but ITV are confident that they will be able to continue their normal filming schedule.
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