Multiple businesses, transportation hubs and iconic tourist attractions across China have temporarily shut their doors as the Wuhan coronavirus spreads. There are currently hundreds of confirmed cases in China, as well as two confirmed cases in the United States. In an effort to contain the deadly virus as much as possible, businesses will take a financial hit and turn guests away for the foreseeable future. From Disneyland to the Great Wall of China, here are all the locations currently closed as a safety precaution:
- Juyongguan Great Wall Scenic Area
- This is the section of the Great Wall of China closest to the capital city of Beijing. According to CNN, Juyongguan Great Wall Scenic Area will be closed through the weekend.
- The Bird's Nest
- The Bird's Nest is Beijing's National stadium. The arena, which was built for the 2008 Olympic Games, closed down on Friday with no official word yet on when it plans to reopen.
- The Forbidden City
- The Palace Museum, also know as Forbidden City, the UNESCO World Heritage site has shut down. Like The Bird's Nest, there is no official word on when the museum plans to reopen to guests.
- National Museum of China
- The National Museum of China has also shuttered with no official plans to reopen.
- Ming Tombs
- The Ming Tombs are a collection of mausoleums, which can be visited by tourists, were built by the emperors of the Ming Dynasty. As of now, the tombs will be closed only on Saturday.
- Yinshan Pagoda Forest
- A forest with 12th century pagodas built to house buddhist relics has also shut down with no other details on the closure currently known.
- McDonald's will close all locations across five cities in Hubei Province for the forrseeable future.
- Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
- The Chinese government announced Wuhan Tianhe International airport would temporarily close as they attempt to contain the virus. Flights in and out of the city have also been suspended.
- Shanghai Disney Resort
- Shanghai Disney Resort announced on Friday (January 24) the theme park would close over the Lunar New Year Holiday "in response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak." The resort will refund guests for admission fees, hotel costs and any other purchases made in advance. Disney did not reveal when the park would officially reopen.
According to NPR, this outbreak is caused by a coronavirus, which can be common among humans and cause mild to moderate upper respiratory symptoms. More severe types, however, can cause pneumonia and death. This strain differs from previously know version of coronavirus and is being referred to as 2019-nCoV for the time being. This is only the third known strain of coronavirus to cause severe symptoms in humans. The other two are SARS and MERS.
The virus is highly infectious, according to China's Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control, and spreads from person to person via exchange of fluids from the respiratory tract. Further details on exactly how the virus is passed are not currently known. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States currently list the risk to the American public as low, however, two cases have been confirmed and more potential cases are being screened.