Neighbours has cancelled filming in Dublin for their special 35th anniversary episode due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne, best known for playing soap favourites Karl and Susan Kennedy, were due to venture to Dublin next week to film in Ireland for the first time.

However, due to the rising number testing positive with Covid-19 in Ireland over the past few days, a spokesperson for the Australian soap said they will be avoiding travel overseas for now.

A spokesperson told Dublin Live: “Due to the current coronavirus situation and cautions around international travel, cast who were flying in from Australia will no longer be visiting the UK for the Neighbours 35th Anniversary celebrations.

“Whilst this is obviously very disappointing, the wellbeing of all our cast and crew is our utmost priority.

“Filming in Dublin with Alan and Jackie has therefore been cancelled for now, however we love our UK and Irish audience and will definitely be back in the future.”

Additionally, a special event in aid of the soap’s big anniversary — that was due to take place in the UK — has been postponed until later in the year.

According to RTE, the famous Ramsay street couple were set to film a top secret storyline on this side of the pond over the next few weeks to coincide with the special anniversary.

A spokesperson for Neighbours had said at the time: “We’re very excited about Neighbours coming to film in Ireland for the first time ever.

“An Irish generation have grown up watching and loving Neighbours and fans here have a very special relationship with it and its characters.”

Meanwhile, Co Antrim native Woodburne said she was “excited and delighted” to be bringing cast and crew to film in Ireland for the first time ever.

Neighbours airs weekdays on RTÉ One and RTÉ2.

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