Disney Shanghai temporarily closes as China battles another COVID surge

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Shanghai Disney says it will be temporarily closed to the public starting Monday in response to another surge of COVID-19 cases sweeping China. 

The theme park said the closure will remain in effect until further notice and includes the main resort, the shopping complex Disneytown, and Wishing Star Park, a recreational area. 

A visitor wearing a face mask takes selfies at Shanghai Disney Resort after the coronavirus pandemic on May 11, 2020 in Shanghai, China.  (Tang Yanjun/China News Service via Getty Images)

"We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and consult local authorities, and will notify guests as soon as we have a confirmed date to resume operations," the park said in a statement. 

Guests who have been impacted will be provided a refund or exchange. 

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Shanghai Disney’s closing comes as China is facing its biggest outbreak of COVID-19 since the initial outbreak in Wuhan in late 2019. 

Residents wearing masks chat at a bus stop on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China’s overall case numbers remain relatively low, but authorities are enforcing a "zero tolerance" strategy that has temporarily shut down major cities to find and isolate every infected person. 

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The reemergence of cases, however, has sent jitters across the country, forcing a shutdown of businesses and a dip in Asian stock markets.

Workers wearing face shields and masks to help protect from the coronavirus head to a hotel used for people to stay during a period of health quarantine Sunday, March 20, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Chinese authorities have shut down travel out of and within the hardest-hit province, Jilin, in the northeast. More than 1,800 cases were reported in Jilin on Friday, out of nearly 2,400 nationwide. 

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And on Saturday, China’s health authorities reported two COVID-19 deaths, both of which were in Jilin, bringing the country’s reported death toll to 4,638. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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