Disney+ Releasing 'Frozen 2' Months Ahead of Schedule as a Surprise During 'This Challenging Period' | 22 Words

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll be aware that the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc across the world - and things only seem to be getting worse.

Besides the obvious implications, the virus has also been having a huge knock-on effect across the movie and TV industry - so much so that many have been forced to halt, push back production, or even release early.

Now, it seems Frozen 2 is the latest movie to feel the effects. Although, this time, it isn't actually bad news...

We are currently in the midst of a medical crisis.

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Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.

So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.

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Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death.

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed by Worldometer that 6,526 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 171,027 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

Things are only getting worse...

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And nearly every major country in the world has now been affected by the virus.

A global emergency has been declared.

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The World Health Organization declared an emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...

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And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...

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And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...

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And the United States is now one of them.

The number of cases here in America is rising...

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So far, over 3,000 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and sixty-one have reportedly died.

And the disease is only expected to continue spreading...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a few weeks ago that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the United States and has asked Americans to prepare for when the virus hits, not if, CNN reported.

Preparations are underway...

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And hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.

And for San Francisco, conditions have been deemed as too dire...

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As they became the first U.S. city to declare an official state of emergency... Despite not having any confirmed cases of the virus.

Declaring an emergency enables the county to stock up on medical supplies and facilities...

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And allows nurses and doctors to prepare for a possible influx of patients.

And it seems that there is a reason for people to really start panicking.

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The BBC reported on the 11th of March that the coronavirus has been officially confirmed by the WHO as a pandemic.

Yet, despite all of this...

Our President has still been insisting that the coronavirus crisis is "under control".

President Trump has been heavily criticized for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Even by Trump's standards - who has a nasty habit of denialism - this has been pretty shocking.

He has been alarmingly unconcerned about the whole thing...

And, instead of addressing it and taking action like other world leaders, he has simply blamed the panic on the "Fake News Media" instead.

At one point, he even compared the pandemic to the common flu.

And suggested that, because nowhere closed down over the flu, nowhere should close over the coronavirus.

Trump's downplaying of the situation has been rather embarrassing.

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And the President was again slammed for taking some time out last weekend to play golf, while the rest of the world went into lockdown.

The President has been repeatedly urged to declare a national emergency.

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Declaring a national emergency will envoke the Stafford Act, which constitutes the statutory authority for most Federal disaster response activities.

The move will allow the government to marshal additional resources to combat the virus...

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And will open the door to more federal aid for states and municipalities.

Very few national emergencies have been declared in the past...

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And only 2 have targeted disease outbreaks, when President Bill Clinton in 2000 declared emergencies in New York and New Jersey in response to the West Nile Virus.

And, due to his infamous stubbornness...

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People haven't been feeling too confident with Trump's likelihood of actually declaring an emergency.

So, this weekend, it came as a rather pleasant surprise to hear that President Trump has officially declared a national emergency.

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In a news conference in Washington, the President announced that the country is in an official state of emergency regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Better late than never...

But, besides the obvious, the virus has been having huge effects on something else...

The TV and movie industry has been forced to postpone releases and halt production.

Just days ago it was announced the new James Bond movie had been pushed back...

The release date for the highly-anticipated No Time To Die, which was originally set for next month, has now been pushed back to November amid the coronavirus outbreak, leaving movie buffs suitably disappointed.

Netflix has also been forced to shut down productions in the US and Canada amid concerns about the virus.

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The halt in production is expected to be in effect for 2 weeks.

Hollywood giant, Disney, has also been hit.

The Hollywood studio has paused production on some of its live-action movies, including The Little Mermaid.

But there is some good news.

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Fans of the Frozen franchise will be pleased to know that Disney is fast-tracking the release of Frozen 2... Read all about everything else you can watch on Disney+ at the end...

The company announced on Friday that the movie will be available to stream on Disney+...

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The hotly anticipated sequel was made available to watch on the digital platform on March 15 in the US, 3 months earlier than scheduled, while Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the Netherlands will be able to watch from March 17.

Here's what Disney has told its fans:

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In a statement, Walt Disney chief executive Bob Chapek said the company brought the release forward with the hope of “surprising families with some fun and joy during this challenging period." “Frozen 2 has captivated audiences around the world through its powerful themes of perseverance and the importance of family, messages that are incredibly relevant during this time, and we are pleased to be able to share this heartwarming story early with our Disney+ subscribers to enjoy at home on any device," he added. Interested in what else you can watch on Disney +? Keep scrolling. We're spoilt for choice...