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Cineworld has revealed the coronavirus crisis could still pose a risk to its very future.

The cinema chain, which has almost 780 sites in 10 countries, said it would be "likely" forced to bolster its balance sheet further in the event new rules force it to bring the curtain down on its global reopening or delay new releases.

The company said it was facing down several deadlines covering agreements with its banks - the first of which expires in December.

Cineworld has been refurbishing cinemas in its UK estate
Image: Cineworld says six of its UK cinemas remain closed

Cineworld said it was continuing to negotiate waivers on the so-called covenants as it revealed a £1.3bn pre-tax loss for the six months to 30 June.

It was forced to close its entire estate from March as >COVID-19

lockdowns began in its operating markets.