Coronation Street predicted the coronavirus outbreak, according to bosses on the ITV soap.

Cobbles boss Iain MacLeod said writers had a storyline about a "global pandemic" in a pigeon loft owned by the streets resident mechanic, Tyrone Dobbs

But the idea, for the upcoming 60th anniversary, was deemed "too far-fetched".

Iain explained: "About a year ago we were talking about what we would do for our 60th anniversary, and two of our writers pitched a story about a global pandemic.

"It originated in Tyrone's pigeon loft, as he had taken up racing pigeons, and the pandemic came in some sort of bird flu that spread from there around the street.

Corrie writers had originally penned a storyline suggesting a virus broke out from Tyrone's attic

"The consensus around the room was that it was just too far-fetched, but fast-forward to now and it all looks horribly prescient."

Since March 2020, the world has faced devastation, with coronavirus taking the lives of millions across the globe.

In accordance with the government issued coronavirus guidelines, Corrie went off the air for months while bosses worked behind the scenes to make sure the set was Covid-friendly.

Coronavirus saw the world come to an abrupt halt, with the filming of TV shows being put on hold for three months

It was confirmed that filming resumed on June 9, 2020, after the cast and crew were forced to stop working for three months.

To ensure that the famous cobbled set, located at MediaCity UK in Salford keeps the killer virus out, actors and the crew continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines, remaining two meters away from one another at all times.

In recent weeks, bosses faced great difficulty to work around storylines such as the death of Oliver Battersby.

Friday night's episode saw the toddler sadly pass away after a battle with mitochondrial disease.

As Oliver's on-screen mum Leanne [Jane Danson] was unable to get close to the tot, Oliver's real-life mum, Lia Holmes played the nurse delivering his end of life care.

Coronation Street airs on ITV at 7.30pm on weekdays.