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Mission: Impossible 7 production and BTS shows halted as coronavirus concerns heighten

‘Mission: Impossible 7’ production has been halted in Italy because of the coronavirus outbreak.

More than 220 people in the country have been infected with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus, seven of which have died, with the majority of cases in the nation’s northern region.

As a result, Paramount Pictures have stopped the Tom Cruise-led movie’s production in Venice.

A Paramount spokesperson said in a statement: “Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for ‘Mission: Impossible 7’.

“During this hiatus, we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves.”

Three of the coronoavirus cases have been in Venice, and the local government has halted public gatherings as a result.

Cruise – who plays Ethan Hunt in the film franchise – is not believed to have been in Italy at the time, however, some reports suggest he arrived in Venice over the weekend.

The motion picture is due to be released in July 2021, but it’s not yet known if that will change as a result of the delay.

According to BBC, K-Pop band BTS who are set to film several TV shows in Seoul this week, are also urging fans not to risk contracting coronavirus just to attend their live shows.

In an email to fan club members, they said the shows would go ahead, but without a studio audience. Earlier on Monday, the band streamed a press conference from a virtually empty hall due to fears over the virus.

“Health is always on our minds these days, and our messages of facing your inner self and loving yourself are ultimately only possible when you’re healthy,” said singer Jimin,

“Especially since it is very risky outside these days. I hope you take care of yourself”. BTS is in S.Korea to film for Map Of The Soul: 7.

Seven people have died from coronavirus in South Korea, with more than 760 infected. About 7,700 troops have been quarantined after 11 military members were diagnosed with the disease, BBC reports.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe disease according to the World Health Organization.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.

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