Coronavirus: German Big Brother cast to be told about pandemic live on TV
BBC:  It’s been more than a month since the majority of Germany’s Big Brother contestants entered the house.
 In early February the first cases of coronavirus outside of Wuhan were just being reported. Now Germany has close to 7,000 confirmed infections, with 14 deaths – but the housemates have no idea a global pandemic has been declared.
 They’ll finally be informed on Tuesday night in a live TV special, after “consultation with relatives”. It comes after criticism on social media that broadcaster SAT.1 hadn’t told the 14 men and women locked inside the house in Cologne about what was going on outside.
 On top of that, four new residents who joined the show on 9 March were told not to talk about coronavirus.
 But SAT.1 has updated its rules, which usually mean only informing housemates about the outside world if a close relative or friend dies, according to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
 On Tuesday the show’s host Jochen Schropp and its resident doctor will inform housemates about the growing pandemic.  It is expected they will be told about the number of cases in Germany – and that Chancellor Angela Merkel has closed clubs, bars, leisure facilities, zoos and playgrounds – as well as the situation worldwide.  Housemates will get a chance to ask questions and see video messages from relatives.
The German cast aren’t the only Big Brother housemates with no idea about the rate coronavirus is progressing around the world.
On Canadian Big Brother the contestants have been wondering why they couldn’t hear a live audience outside during the latest eviction – with one suggesting the house might’ve been sound-proofed.
In reality, audience members have been stopped from attending live shows since 12 March.
“The health and safety of our staff, crew, houseguests, and audience members are of the utmost importance,” production company Global TV said in a statement.
“We will continue to produce the show and monitor the situation closely.”