Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World Resort Florida closed over coronavirus

Coronavirus has led to the closure of Disney resorts in Florida and Paris, while the company's cruise line is also suspended.

The company announced that Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort will close from this Sunday until the end of March.

Disney Cruise Line is also suspending all new departures from this Sunday until the end of the month.

Among the sites affected by the news are the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach parks in Orlando.

The decision to shut Disneyland Paris was made after one of its workers at the theme park reportedly tested positive on Wednesday.

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France currently has more than 2,200 confirmed cases of the flu-like virus, which was first recorded last December in the city of Wuhan, China.

The Disney Village and Disney Springs shopping and dining areas will stay open, ABC reported.

It follows the news that Disneyland in California will also be temporarily closed over concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

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Both Disneyland and the California Adventure theme parks will close from Saturday through to the end of March.

But the company announced that the Downtown Disney shopping and dining area will remain open.

Disney's three hotels at Disneyland – the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier and the Grand Californian – will stay open until March 16 to allow guests to make travel plans.

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This decision comes after California's Governor Gavin Newsom said all gatherings of more than 250 people across California should be cancelled for the rest of March.

Newsom earlier said he had spoken to former Disney chief Bob Iger on March 11, and they had decided that the Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Los Angeles could remain open.

But in a statement late on Thursday, Disney Parks said that although there haven't been any reported COVID-19 cases at Disneyland Resort, it had decided to close the parks "in the interest of our guests and employees".

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The company said it would continue paying cast members during the closure and would work with guests who want to change or cancel visits, as well as refund those with hotel reservations during the closure.

As of Thursday, the US had around 1,300 confirmed coronavirus cases, of which more than 170 were in California.

In the UK, there are fears the Premier League season will be suspended after Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus.

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