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Is Coronavirus Set to Finish The Entertainment Industry? Major Delays and Cancellations

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By Alan Blake

Even before the WHO classified the coronavirus outbreak a world pandemic, the entertainment industry had begun to feel its impacts, with major film productions and releases getting postponed. The unprecedented turn of events is still ongoing, as Covid-19 continues to spread globally.

The number of reported cases is alleged to have risen to over 130,000, as the number of deaths hits over 4,900. As of this writing, the United States death toll was at 40, with over 1,500 reported cases.

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Hank’s Film Production Halted Over Coronavirus Diagnosis

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On Wednesday, actor Tom Hanks who was in Australia in the company of his wife Rita Wilson became the first celebrity to announce they both tested positive for the deadly virus. The two were in the country for the production of the untitled Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, a process that has since been halted.

Warner Bro’s released a statement saying that the film’s production had been stopped after one of the company’s members was diagnosed with the virus. The company stated the victim was undergoing treatment.

Movie Releases Continue to Be Postponed Over COVID-19

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As the Hollywood family attempts to mitigate the coronavirus spread, Disney’s Mulan has become the latest film release to get postponed. The film that was set for release at the end of the month was one of the industry’s blockbuster movies of the year 2020.

However, it has been postponed until an undisclosed date later in the year. The film joins the list of movie releases altered amid the Covid-19 outbreak such as the James Bond’s No Time To Die.

New York’s Theatre District Broadway Silenced by Government Directive

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Hollywood is notably not the only part of the entertainment industry that is feeling the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, the theatre district Broadway of New York fell silent after the government banned gatherings of 500 persons or more and declared a state of emergency. Broadway had earlier indicated that it would remain open for normal business unless instructed otherwise by the government.

However, the theatre’s closure was announced by a sign placed at the door of the Lion King show.

Music Fans and Artists Feel the Coronavirus Consequences

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The mass gathering warning by the U.S. health officials has seen Billie Eilish, a teen pop sensation cancel a chain of tour dates. The award-winning star who sang the latest James Bond theme alleged that the move was geared towards safety.

Billie said she was sad to have to reschedule the dates, although it was meant to keep everyone safe. “We will keep you posted about when the dates can be rescheduled,” Billie Eilish stated as she asked fans to keep safe, ending that she loves them.

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