ITV slammed for airing Contagion during worrying coronavirus pandemic

Telly fans were fuming on last night as ITV bosses decided to air Contagion on ITV2.

The 2011 flick from direction Steve Soderbergh tells the story of the outbreak of new virus – fictional MEV-1 pathogen, much like the coronavirus pandemic currently ripping through Britain and the rest of the world today.

The film boasts an A-list cast including the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow as Beth Emhoff, who becomes the first patient to contract the killer infection.

Matt Damon, Jude Law and Kate Winslet also star in the movie, but some viewers found the film a bit to close to home as the UK remains in lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

One ITV viewer ranted: "So the UK is in lockdown so the geniuses at ITV decide to put Contagion on.

Another agreed: "Not sure I should be watching Contagion whilst living through it."

A third penned: "Everyone watching Contagion right now, like thanks ITV2 you know how to make us feel better."

A fourth tweeted: "I wonder if right now is the right time for ITV2 to be broadcasting Contagion movie. Just as we are all looking out of our windows dreading the next turn of events."

While some were fuming with the station's decision to broadcast the movie, some fans of the film thought it was a good idea.

One fan penned: "Ya’ll should go and watch Contagion on ITV2. Maybe some will learn that how important social distancing and just staying f***ing inside your house is.It shows how easy these things spread."

Another added: "Contagion shows how important social distancing is."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has placed the UK on a police-enforced lockdown with drastic new measures in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Johnson, 55, ordered people only to leave their homes under a list of "very limited purposes", banned public gatherings of more than two people and ordered the closure of non-essential shops.

Every citizen must comply with these new measures and the relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them through fines and dispersing gatherings.

The Government will look again at these measures after three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

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