Disneyland Paris coronavirus panic: Third worker tests positive in major alert

The two new cases come after a maintenance worker was diagnosed with Covid-19 over the weekend. It brings the total number of infected staff at the French resort, which remains open, to three.

The theme park was notified of the first positive test on Sunday and the worker was put on sick leave.

A Disneyland Paris spokesman said: “We have been notified that a cast member, who works backstage and does not have contact with guests, has tested positive and is receiving treatment.

“We have been in regular contact with the local health authorities and continue to implement preventive measures in line with their recommendations to help protect our guests and cast members.”

The two further maintenance workers were reportedly in quarantine when they were diagnosed with the deadly bug.

A statement on the Disneyland Paris website about how it is dealing with the outbreak says: “As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our cast members, guests and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring the situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance.

“We continue to implement preventive measures in line with their recommendations and the input of our medical teams, and we have health and safety protocols in place.”

The measures include training for cast members, frequent cleaning of areas and access to hand washing facilities and hand sanitisers.

The website adds “onsite health teams and leaders are communicating with our cast members about illness prevention, including health authorities’ recommendations to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs”.

It comes as there have been 2,281 confirmed cases of the killer virus and 48 deaths in France.

More than 126,000 people have been infected across the world, with the death toll at 4,624.

In a dramatic step on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announced sweeping travel restrictions on 26 European countries.

The suspension of travel between the US and Europe – excluding the UK and Ireland – will last for 30 days starting on Friday.

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Mr Trump blamed the EU for not acting quickly enough to address the outbreak of the virus and said US clusters were “seeded” by European travellers.

Meanwhile, health officials around the world have advised against mass gatherings in an attempt to stop the spread of the bug.

A string of major events have either been postponed or cancelled.

In the UK, the response to the pandemic is set to enter the next phase.

Boris Johnson will chair a Cobra meeting at lunchtime where ministers are expected to agree to move into the “delay” stage.

The shift could see social distancing measures brought in, such as restricting public gatherings and issuing more widespread advice to stay at home.

There have been 460 confirmed cases of the deadly bug in the UK, with eight confirmed deaths.

Express.co.uk has contacted Disneyland Paris for comment. 

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