Coronavirus updates: Disneyland, Disney World, Broadway theaters close

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COVID-19, the disease caused by a newly identified coronavirus first detected in China in December, has rapidly spread across the globe. The World Health Organization has now declared the outbreak a pandemic, saying it expects to see the number of cases and deaths to climb higher. However, WHO also stressed that all countries can still take steps to get the pandemic under control.

Silicon Valley companies have urged or, in some cases, mandated employees to work from home and instituted measures to help hourly workers affected by the policies. Tech giants have been hit by supply chain issues. Social media networks have wrestled with the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories.

The spread of COVID-19 has progressed at a blistering pace. If you’re wondering what a coronavirus is, what the symptoms are and how you can protect yourself, head over to CNET’s FAQ.

We’ve created a timeline for the virus below, in reverse chronological order, and will update it with the latest developments each day.

Coronavirus timeline

March 12

US states have begun banning large gatherings of people with some exceptions; France has closed all schools and universities until further notice; head coach of English soccer club Arsenal Mikel Arteta has been diagnosed with COVID-19, with the entire first squad now in self-isolation; all Smithsonian Museums across New York and Washington DC, as well as the National Zoo, will close March 14; and a second Utah Jazz player, Donovan Mitchell, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to ESPN.

Sophie Trudeau tests positive for COVID-19

Sophie Trudaeu, former TV host and wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, has tested positive for COVID-19. According to tweets by the prime minister on Wednesday, Sophie was experiencing mild flu-like symptoms upon return from the United Kingdom. As a precaution, the prime minister will go into self-isolation for 14 days.

Disneyland is closing as California halts gatherings of 250 or more

California Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced new guidelines that say all private and public gatherings of 250 people or more should be canceled for the rest of March. Newsom said this didn’t apply to casinos, card rooms, theaters or Disneyland “because of the complexity of their unique circumstance,” and he added that he’d spoken with former Disney CEO Bob Iger on March 11 and decided the Disney theme parks in Anaheim could remain open. Nevertheless, later Thursday, Disney Parks decided to shut down those venues till the end of the month.

It’ll be closing the doors of the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks as of March 14, though 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 remain open until March 16 to allow for guests to make travel plans. Disney Parks said there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland.

Disney World and Disneyland Paris are closing

Following the announcement of Disneyland closing, the Disney company said Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris would also be closing on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month. This includes the Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios parks in France, and the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach parks in Orlando, Florida.

The Disney Village and Disney Springs shopping and dining areas and the multiple hotels on each property will remain open, said ABC, which is owned by Disney. Disney Cruise Line will also suspend new departures as of March 14 for the remainder of the month.

New York stops gatherings of 500, including Broadway shows

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all gatherings of 500 or more people should stop, with the rule going into effect Friday. The exception is Broadway theaters, which’ll be closed as of 5 p.m. ET tonight.

Ohio bans gatherings of 100-plus people

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a ban of 100 or more people in a single room or single space, including stadiums, arenas, conference rooms, meeting halls, cafeterias, auditoriums, parades, fairs and festivals but not including airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, malls, grocery stores, restaurants, factories, offices and schools where there can be large groups but “it is unusual for them to be within an arm’s length of one another.” The Ohio ban also doesn’t include religious gatherings. Ohio has five confirmed cases of COVID-19.

US Capitol reportedly stops all public tours

The US Capitol will reportedly halt all public tours through at least the end of March. The decision was made jointly by congressional leaders, Capitol security officials and medical staff, Politico reported. By the end of the week, the Capitol complex is expected to be restricted to official business only.

Princess Cruises halts operations

The Carnival-owned cruise line said Thursday that all 18 of its cruise ships will cease operations for 60 days, starting Thursday. “Those currently onboard a cruise that will end in the next five days will continue to sail as expected through the end of the itinerary so that onward travel arrangements are not disrupted. Current voyages that are underway and extend beyond March 17 will be ended at the most convenient location for guests, factoring in operational requirement,” the company said in a statement.

March 11

Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic, E3 has been canceled, the US House and Senate may announce a halt to tours of the US Capitol, production on CW series Riverdale has been shut down, and the GLAAD Awards have been cancelled.

WHO declares outbreak a pandemic

The World Health Organization has officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, made the announcement Wednesday, saying that “pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly.”

Trump suspends travel from Europe to US

No travelers will be allowed to enter the US from most of Europe for 30 days, the president said during an evening briefing. “These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground,” Trump said in a rare televised address from the Oval Office. “There will be prohibitions for Americans who have gone through appropriate screenings.”

Tom Hanks, wife Rita Wilson test positive

In what is perhaps the highest-profile coronavirus case yet, the actor shared on Instagram that he and his wife tested positive for the illness. They will self-isolate until instructed otherwise…….Read more>>

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