Bake Off 2020 were forced to shut down production over suspected case of coronavirus

GREAT British Bake Off had to shut down production following a suspected case of coronavirus.

Filming was paused after someone on set began to show symptoms.

They were put straight into isolation and tested for COVID-19.

Letty Kavanagh, Bake Off’s executive producer and managing director at Love Productions told Metro: "Somebody spoke to our medical team because they were showing symptoms that could have been Covid,’ she explained.

"We had very strict protocols about what to do – they were isolated immediately, as was anyone who had been in close contact with them.

"They were tested immediately and we paused filming for an afternoon."

It turned out to be a false alarm and the person tested negative for COVID-19.

Letty added to the Radio Times: "We were lucky, but it felt it like we would need to be extremely unlucky for it to be positive."

Channel 4's competitors were made to isolate together in order to film this year’s Bake Off in the famous tent.

The lucky 11 – who have been revealed this week – spent seven weeks in a “biosecure bubble” at Down Hall Hotel on the Essex/Herts border.

They would normally return home during the week to see their family and film exclusively at the weekends, but bosses were strict to keep health and safety in check.

The new series starts on Channel 4 next Tuesday and sees Paul Hollywood return alongside Prue Leith, 80, host Noel Fielding, 47, and new co-presenter Matt Lucas, 46.

Despite Covid restrictions, Paul was allowed to give contestants his “Hollywood handshake” for top bakes.

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