Big Brother contestants in Germany set to be told about coronavirus in a live episode following uproar after being kept in the dark over infection
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Big Brother contestants in Germany will be told about the coronavirus pandemic during a live episode on Tuesday night.
Plans to keep the contestants in the dark unless a relative became unwell have been overturned following an uproar on social media over the decision.
The group of 14 contestants, who are being housed in Cologne, are currently some of the last people to be informed about the deadly virus, reports the Guardian.
Ignorance is bliss? Big Brother contestants in Germany will be told about the coronavirus pandemic during a live episode on Tuesday night (contestants pictured on the show)
The producers initially defended their decision not to enlighten the housemates and told local newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung they would only be informed in certain circumstances.
But the channel which airs the reality programme – Sat.1 – has since faced backlash online from viewers who suggested it was unfair not to tell the housemates.
Many took to Twitter to air their grievances over the situation, with one person writing: ‘I read today that contestants on Big Brother, Germany have no idea what’s going on in the outside world with the Corona Virus and TV company is debating whether to tell them! What a liberty!’
While another penned: ‘So are we gonna talk about how the members of Big Brother in Germany currently have no idea about the coronavirus and nobody is allowed to tell them?’
Reaction: But the channel which airs the reality programme – Sat.1 – has since faced backlash online from viewers who suggested it was unfair not to tell the housemates
A third said: ‘There’s people in the big brother Germany house who have been their since Feb 6th and they have no idea about coronavirus [mind blown emoji]’.
Another impassioned viewer said: ‘People on Big Brother Germany, Brazil, Canada haven’t been told about Covid-19.
‘I’ve read some f***ed up s***t recently but that is f***ed up.’
The contestants will be told during a live episode which is set to air ahead of its regular slot at 7pm on Tuesday evening.
They will be informed about the crisis and given the opportunity to ask questions as well as receiving video recordings from their loved ones at home.
Show bosses have also insisted that ‘special hygiene measures’ have been taken to protect the contestants from getting the infection.
Most of the housemates entered the show at its inception on February 6, when the global threat of coronavirus seemed unlikely and only cases in Wuhan, China were confirmed.
Four more contestants were introduced to the house on March 6, just three days before the country reported its first coronavirus death.
The original quarantine zone: The Big Brother housemates are said to be blissfully unaware of the developing coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: the Big Brother compound in Manly, Sydney
Since the show began it has only been interrupted in the same way once before, as in 2001 the American version of the show broke the news to contestants about 9/11 when one relative was presumed missing.
Currently their are two other versions of Big Brother airing across the globe in Brazil, Canada where it can presumed the housemates are equally clueless.
Big Brother Australia began filming in Manly, Sydney, three weeks ago, however it has been pre-recorded for the first time ever and their is no set airdate.
According to The Australian, Channel Seven has chosen not to tell the contestants about the health crisis while they’re in self-isolation.
Coronavirus was confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. The first case in Australia was reported in January.
The Big Brother set is possibly one of the safest quarantine zones in Sydney.
The housemates are in total isolation in a purpose-built compound, which is understood to be well supplied with food and essentials.
They aren’t told about major news events until after they’ve been eliminated.
No need to panic? Channel Seven has chosen not to tell the contestants about the health crisis while they’re in self-isolation. Pictured: 2014 housemates Ryan, Travis and Skye
Australia has more than 300 confirmed coronavirus cases, including five deaths, as of Monday afternoon.
Of the five deaths, four were in New South Wales, where Big Brother is being filmed.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Seven for comment.
Big Brother Australia, which is being pre-recorded for the first time in its history, has no confirmed airdate.
Seven’s programming chief Angus Ross told TV Tonight in January that the reality show would likely launch before the Olympics in July.
Despite no longer being a live format, viewers can still vote for their preferred winner, but it’s unclear if there will be a live finale like previous seasons.
She’s back! Sonia Kruger (pictured) was recently confirmed as the host of Big Brother. It’s unclear if she has any physical contact with the housemates
Big Brother contests aren’t the only people who have been left unaware of the pandemic.
Jared Leto has been left stunned after emerging from a 12-day desert retreat to discover the spread of coronavirus has now become a global pandemic.
The Oscar winner, 48, was shocked to learn that much of the world was taking extreme measures to fight COVID-19, with countless people self-isolating at home.
Shocked: Jared Leto has been left stunned after emerging from a 12-day desert retreat to discover the spread of coronavirus has now become a global pandemic
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