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Apple TV+ 'Oprah Talks COVID-19' launches as free-to-view show

A new series has launched on Apple TV+ starring Oprah Winfrey, with "Oprah Talks COVID-19" covering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by holding discussions with experts and people affected by the globally-spread virus.

In a bid to help people who may be affected by the coronavirus epidemic, or are worried by the virus' effect on society, the new show on Apple TV aims to examine how the virus is being fought. Through video calls, conversations are recorded between Oprah Winfrey and guests, discussing the virus, efforts to alleviate its effects, and how victims are coping.

"How can we mindfully move through a crisis while holding on to ourselves and our humanity?" the description for the show in the Apple TV app asks. "In this series, Oprah has remote conversations with experts and everyday people to provide insight, meaning, and tangible advice for the human spirit."

The first episode has Oprah speaking to actor Idris Elba his partner Sabrina Dhowre. Elba hit the news after he publicly confirmed on March 16 he was tested positive for COVID-19, and that he is self-isolating with his family to prevent further exposure of the virus.

In a tweet on Saturday, Oprah confirmed she had been isolating herself at home for a week. "I know a lot of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and uncertain," wrote Winfrey. "Because of that, I want to offer some hope and gather thought leaders and people going through it to add some perspective."

"Oprah Talks COVID-19 is currently available to view for free to everyone, without the need for an Apple TV+ subscription.

The simply-produced and quickly-created show is a notable addition to the Apple TV+ roster, especially as other productions are temporarily shut down because of the coronavirus.