The headquarters of the Disneyland theme park in Hong Kong and Shanghai will close their doors from today until further notice to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus causing Wuhan pneumonia, which has already left at least 56 dead among the 1,975 infected diagnosed in China.
In a statement published on their websites, the parks say that it is “a precautionary measure along the lines of prevention efforts that are being taken” in the country and will serve to guarantee “the health and safety of our guests and personal”.
The text indicated that the amusement park managers remain “in contact with the health authorities and the government” and will announce “a reopening date once (the authorities) ensure that it is advisable.”
Both parks announced that they will reimburse the cost of tickets and other reservations made in advance.
Both Hong Kong and Shanghai (where yesterday was the first killed by the coronavirus) are two of the 25 Chinese provincial divisions that have raised the health alert to the highest level.
The latest figures published today by the National Health Commission of the Asian country showed that at least 324 patients are in serious condition, while 49 have successfully overcome the infection and have been discharged.
Outside of China, four infected in Thailand (two of which, cured) and four in Australia, three infections in Taiwan and the same number in Singapore, France and Malaysia, and two in each of the following have been registered Countries: Japan (one cured), South Korea, the United States and Vietnam. There is also one in Nepal and one in Canada.
The symptoms of the new coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV provisionally by the World Health Organization (WHO), are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath ).