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Hong Kong Disneyland Closes Amid Novel Coronavirus Threat

The happiest place on earth takes a health and safety precaution.
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Hong Kong Disneyland announces the closure of its themed attractions and rides starting January 26 as a health and safety measure to prevent the spread of the deadly Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). 

In a statement released on Hong Kong Disneyland's Facebook page today, the largest theme park in the region will remain closed until advised by the Hong Kong government and health authorities but the resort's hotels are said to remain open. 

HK Disneyland officials will refund purchased tickets for the park and booked hotel rooms in the resort. Patrons are directed to call hotline 1-830-830 for assistance and additional details on refunds.

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The zoonotic virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31 last year and has spread across cities in China, as well as abroad, including the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France, Canada, and Singapore.

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No case has been confirmed in the Philippines as of the writing of this article.

As of January 25, China has confirmed 1,975 cases of patients infected with 2019-nCoV, while the death toll is at 56.

Ocean Park Hong Kong, the second largest theme park in the region, will also close today until further notice as a precaution against the virus.