It’s been reported that House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequels series, has shut down production due to Covid-19 concerns. The shoot has paused for two days after someone in the production team tested positive for the virus.
In compliance with the industry guidelines, the team member will self-isolate and close contacts are also required to quarantine. Production is scheduled to resume in a few days.
The straight-to-series fantasy drama from George RR Martin, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik started production in April with plans for a 2022 launch.
House of the Dragon is the latest high-profile production in the UK to have to shut down due to the pandemic. Deadline revealed that Bridgeton’s second season was shut down for the second time in a week due to a positive case of Covid and Netflix also hit the brakes on its feature adaptation of Matilda due to the virus.
The British government is continuing to push ahead with reopening the country on 19 July despite the virus is rising in the UK and accounting for nearly 52,000 people testing positive for coronavirus in England on Friday and were 49 deaths.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak were forced to go into self-isolation following contact with health secretary Sajid Javid, who tested positive for the coronavirus.