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Peter Rabbit 2 opening moved to August amid Covid-19 outbreak

The sequel had been set to hit UK and European cinemas on March 27.

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Daniel Craig as James Bond and Peter Rabbit (Michael Sohn/Rick Findler/PA)

Daniel Craig as James Bond and Peter Rabbit (Michael Sohn/Rick Findler/PA)

Daniel Craig as James Bond and Peter Rabbit (Michael Sohn/Rick Findler/PA)

Hollywood continued to shuffle its upcoming releases due to Covid-19, as Sony Pictures on Tuesday announced that it was moving Peter Rabbit 2 to August.

Peter Rabbit 2 had been set to hit UK and European cinemas on March 27, and open in the US on April 3.

Instead, Sony said the sequel to 2018′s Peter Rabbit will launch on August 7.

Cinemas have been closed in China for several weeks.

On Monday, Italy shut all of its cinemas.

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Empty seats at a cinema (Katie Collins/PA)

In many countries, health experts are advocating social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

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The trailer for the latest Bond film No Time To Die is aired for the first time on the large screen in London’s Piccadilly Circus (VIctoria Jones/PA)

According to the World Health Organisation, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered.

Last week, April’s biggest movie release, the James Bond film No Time To Die, postponed to November.

Much of the film’s early promotion had already begun, with Daniel Craig hosting Saturday Night Live on Saturday and the release of Billie Eilish’s theme song.

The previous Peter Rabbit was one of 2018′s top animated releases, grossing 351 million US dollars worldwide, including a hefty 236 million US dollars internationally.

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