Big Brother contestants – this season’s stars began filming in Sydney’s Manly three weeks ago – are famously not told about news events whilst they are locked up inside the house, but producers have made an exception.
Coronavirus was confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. The first case in Australia was reported in January.
Housemates are in total isolation during their time on the show but have access to a well-stocked supply of food and basic essentials.
Australia has more than 300 confirmed coronavirus cases, including five deaths, as of Monday afternoon.
Big Brother Australia will no longer follow a live TV format, with the show being pre-recorded for the first time in its history
It is expected to air this July ahead of the Olympics.