Disneyland Paris worker tests positive for coronavirus

A Disneyland Paris worker has tested positive for coronavirus but the theme park will stay open.

Theme park bosses say the maintenance worker has not been incontact with visitors and they are checking employees who may have had contactwith them.

More than 1,100 people have caught coronavirus in France and 19 have died. The French government has announced a ban on events of more than 1,000 people as part of measures to contain and delay the killer bug.

Neighbouring Italy imposed restrictions on around 16 million people for nearly a month in a bid to stop the spread of the disease there.

Italy now has the highest number of confirmed cases outsideChina at 7,375, and its death toll stands at 366.

Britons are still able to leave lockdown areas in northernItaly, although anyone wishing to travel there from the UK is advised not to doso unless it is urgent.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said: ‘British nationals remain able to depart Italy without restriction. Residents of other parts of Italy are permitted to leave the isolation areas to return home.

‘Otherwise entry into and exit from these areas is forbidden without official permission on the grounds of strict necessity; the authorities have confirmed to us that this will be granted for reasons such as medical need or work requirements.’

The scare in Paris follows the partial reopening of Disney’s theme park in Shanghai, which closed on January 25 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The outbreak in China has slowed in recent days, with only 40 new confirmed cases recorded on Sunday. The number of new infections overseas now exceeds the tally of new cases in China.

The total accumulated number of confirmed cases in mainland China reached 80,735 at the end of Sunday, with the death toll standing at 3,119.

The UK has 280 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and three people have died in UK hospitals.

The FCO has confirmed it is contact with around 142 British nationals on board the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is due to start disembarkation of US guests at the Port of Oakland on Monday.

The FCO said on Sunday evening it was ‘working intensively’ with US authorities to arrange a flight for UK citizens, who are then likely to be taken into quarantine.

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