The Most Magical Place on Earth is exercising an “abundance of caution” amid the the continued spread of the coronavirus worldwide.
Walt Disney World has instructed cast members who recently returned from Italy to stay home following the rampant surge of the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus in the European country, park officials confirmed to USA TODAY Wednesday.
Although there are “no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus” at Florida’s Walt Disney World, officials said they made the decision “out of an abundance of caution.”
According to Johns Hopkins data, Italy has 401 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday; 12 of those people have died. A level 2 travel warning for Italy has been issued by both the CDC (“Practice enhanced precautions”) and U.S. State Department (“Exercise increased caution”).
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The COVID-19 coronavirus, which erupted in China in December, has killed at least 2,770 people and sickened at least 81,322 worldwide, the majority of cases in mainland China.
Shanghai Disneyland in China temporarily closed its theme park and resort in late January “as a precautionary measure in line with prevention efforts.” It remains closed as of Wednesday.
“We are temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland park out of consideration for the health and safety of our guests and Cast Members,” its website reads. “We are in close contact with health officials and the local government about the situation and will announce a reopening date once they determine it is advisable.”
Hong Kong Disneyland Park and resorts are also temporarily closed.
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There are currently 59 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. but the CDC said Tuesday that the spread of the virus could cause “severe” disruptions in the states as global experts struggle to fend off the outbreak and avoid a pandemic.
Contributing: John Bacon
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