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Virus Outbreak in China Leads To Cancellation of Premiere of 'Jojo Rabbit'

The entertainment industry has been brought to a halt as Jojo Rabbit and a local title have formally pulled out of the February line-up of films. This also includes Little Women as strict measures to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus.

2020-02-03T22:13:00Z

The world is currently leaving no stone unturned in order to save everyone and anyone possible from the fatal Corona Virus, that has originated in China and is spreading to different parts of the world.

And owing to the same, just like all the other things, the entertainment industry has been brought to a halt as Jojo Rabbit and a local title have formally pulled out of the February line-up of films. This also includes Little Women as strict measures to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus.

Cinemas are currently shut across the country, and all film and TV production has been indefinitely halted. Though the Chinese new year holiday has been extended until Feb. 10 in much of the country, Chinese residents remain for the most part locked away at home nationwide, venturing out only out of necessity while businesses remain shut.

Oscar contender Jojo Rabbit pulled out of its Feb. 12 China debut “out of consideration for the enclosed spaces of cinemas and the risk of transmitting the disease,” according to a statement from the National Arthouse Alliance of Cinemas, which was distributing it in a limited release.

“We hope every audience member can limit going outside and actively take self-protection measures,” it read. “We salute the medical workers on the frontline of the battle! The national arthouse alliance will actively cooperate with the country’s moves to fight the epidemic, and to contribute our strength to win this blockade against the epidemic!”

Almost all live music shows across the country have been cancelled in February and March, with the fate of a remaining handful of big tours and festivals still in limbo. The Pixies, set to make their China debut in Shanghai on Feb. 29 and Beijing on March 1, have pulled out, while the Japanese pop group Suchmoz has also cancelled their China tour to Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen.

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