Recently, Kim Jaejoong of the K-pop group JYJ, revealed to his almost 2 million followers on Instagram that he had contracted Covid-19 and was now hospitalised and receiving treatment. I've become like this because of my stupid decision, to live thinking it'll never be me. I am being hospitalized. I wanted to tell you that protecting myself is protecting the precious people around us.
"For causing distress, I sincerely apologize to the government agencies and medical professionals who are working hard because of COVID-19 and to the many people who are following instructions to give up on their lifestyles and are doing all they can to overcome this", he added.
Panic broke out amongst fans who were anxious about Kim's health and those who worked with him as he had just performed on a Japanese television show the day before.More news: Coronavirus: Ventilators to be delivered to NHS next week - Michael Gove
A short time later, he admitted it was a prank, saying, "So many people walk the streets and live their lives without their guards up, ignoring it... and thinking it won't happen to them, and it makes me so anxious that my family and friends might get sick".
It turns out April Fools' Day and a deadly pandemic don't mix. He went on to write an apology letter over his action, stating that his post had been meant to raise awareness about the issue.More news: China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says
Needless to say, the pop star's despicable joke didn't sit well with fans, with one commenter asking, "How can you pull a prank like this when the situation right now is so serious?" But less than an hour after the message went up, Kim edited the post to clarify he did NOT have the coronavirus and this was all just an April Fool's prank to bring awareness and hopefully minimize casualties of the contagious disease.
While yet another said, "Covid-19 isn't something to joke about at this scale". This is so disrespectful to all those people that are infected or have passed away. Of course, many still feel that the gesture is all a little too late.More news: In Gita Ramjee, we've lost 'a champion', says David Mabuza