Summer Love Island ‘faces axe’ amid coronavirus outbreak

Summer Love Island may be axed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak (Picture: Rex/ITV)

Love Island’s summer edition looks set to be axed as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the world. 

The series, which is set in Mallorca across the summer months, is set to start being prepared from June. 

However, with flights cancelled, self-isolation in full effect and the preparation involved, it might now be shelved until next year. 

According to The Sun, ITV are due to hold crisis talks about the best plan of action for the show, and if it should go ahead at all, across Easter. 

‘A huge amount of work goes into Love Island and to pull everything together in a very short space of time would be near impossible,’ the source said. 

‘Casting aside, they need to think about all the paperwork necessary, the show’s insurance and all the tests that cast members must undergo.’ 

Bosses fear for the safety and wellbeing of the cast and crew if it were to go ahead (Picture: Rex/ITV)

They added that other factors to keep in mind are the travel restrictions that may still be in place, where they could relocate if Mallorca is ruled out, and the health and safety of the cast and crew. 

They dubiously added: ‘All the signs are pointing towards the show not airing.’ 

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Paige Turley and Finley Tapp became the first winners of Winter Love Island 2020 (Picture: ITV)

Love Island saw the first winter series of the show air at the beginning of this year, filming in South Africa instead of Mallorca for some winter sun. 

Paige Turley and Finley Tapp were crowned the winners of the show, earning £50,000 to split between them. 

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But in the month the show’s been off air, coronavirus has spread across the world at a rapid rate, with more than 5,000 people in the UK testing positive for the virus.  

Metro.co.uk has contacted Love Island reps for comment. 

Love Island is available on catch-up on ITV Player. 

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