Glastonbury Festival and coronavirus: The show must go on, for now

Organisers of Glastonbury Festival insist they're "still working hard" to deliver the 50th anniversary in June, despite the outbreak of coronavirus in the UK.

Emily Eavis revealed online on Thursday that the American rapper Kendrick Lamar would be the final headliner, joining Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift on the Pyramid stage.

She posted that "much consideration" had been given to the current circumstances amid fears large scale events could be postponed or cancelled to help delay the spread of coronavirus.

Earlier this week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the UK would move from the "contain" to "delay".

But critics have questioned why the UK isn't taking more drastic measures like Italy, which has left popular landmarks eerily quiet as the whole country has been put on lockdown and tourists have gone home. All shops except for pharmacies and food stores are now closed, as well as schools and social venues.

Teen pop sensation Billie Eilish has been forced to postpone a string of US tour dates as health officials warn against mass gatherings. Other musicians including The Who and Pearl Jam have postponed their tours.

So could festivals be affected in the UK this summer?

The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival. Credit: PA

More than 200,000 people are due to descend on Worthy Farm this June for the 50th Anniversary of Glastonbury Festival.

Planning for 'the greatest show on earth' has been going on since the last one ended. However even this festival won't be immune to public health guidance if conditions deteriorate.

Yet for now, the show goes on.