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Disneyland Hong Kong closing again as coronavirus cases tick up

Only weeks after reopening, Disneyland Hong Kong is to temporarily close its doors again from Wednesday to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, the theme park said.

Hong Kong, 14 July 2020 (dpa/MIA) — Only weeks after reopening, Disneyland Hong Kong is to temporarily close its doors again from Wednesday to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, the theme park said.

The decision was made “as required by the government and health authorities in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong,” a statement said on Monday.

The hotels at Disneyland Hong Kong would remain open with “enhanced health and safety measures,” such as social distancing and increased sanitation.

The holiday resort had reopened on June 18, when the Chinese-ruled city was reporting only small number of new cases daily.

The government said Monday that 52 new coronavirus infections had been recorded, with 41 of them transmitted locally. The city has recorded eight deaths and 1,522 cases.

The flare-up has led to a re-tightening of social distancing restrictions including in bars, restaurants and gym facilities. Schools have also once again been closed.

The announcement by Disney in Hong Kong comes two days after Walt Disney World Resort began to reopen in Florida. The southern state has become a US coronavirus hotspot, reporting more than 15,000 new cases on Sunday.

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