Disneyland Tokyo closes over coronavirus fears with hundreds in Japan infected

Disneyland Tokyo has been temporarily forced to closed due to fears over the spread of coronavirus.

The Disneyland and DisneySea parks in the Japanese capital will remain closed until at least March 15, the company announced.

"The reopening date is scheduled for March 16, but we will contact closely with the relevant administrative organs and will inform you again," the company said.

Universal Studios Japan also announced said it would follow suit and close its park for two weeks.

As of Friday, confirmed cases in Japan topped 200, with four deaths, excluding more than 700 cases and four more deaths from a quarantined cruise liner, Diamond Princess.


Disney's Shanghai and Hong Kong theme parks remain closed for more than a month, and the company earlier this month warned of a negative impact on its second quarter results.

It said on an earnings call on Feb. 5 that closure of the Shanghai park could impact operating profit by about $135 million if closed for two months.

In another drastic move, the northern island of Hokkaido, which has seen the largest number of cases in Japan, late on

Friday declared a state of emergency. Its population of about 5 million people, including residents of Sapporo city, were told to refrain from venturing outside their homes over the weekend.

Abe's unprecedented move on Thursday to ask local authorities to shut schools means students will be out from Monday at least until the new academic year starts in early April.

The abrupt step drew scathing criticism, with health officials left scratching their heads and analysts saying the plan was politically motivated and made little sense.

Local authorities also criticised the move and at least one prefecture and several cities rejected the request.

"I'm going to have to babysit my grandkids every other day," business owner Mieko Hamada, 56, told Reuters on her way to their house in central Tokyo.

"My daughter works and can't look after them, and their babysitter also refused. It's utter chaos," she said, adding that while she had her own business to run she had no choice but to ask subordinates to cover for her.

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