A representative from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a statement to Korean news outlet Star News, stating that it is currently looking into the case surrounding celebrity Kim Jaejoong.
On April 1, Jaejoong posted on Instagram that he had tested positive for Covid-19, only to reveal later that it was an April Fool's joke. According to the artiste, his goal was to raise awareness about the disease.
Kim Kang-rip, chief coordinator of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters in South Korea, warned against prank calls or misinformation, as the country is currently “in a very serious time.”
Jaejoong's post has received great public backlash, with many criticising him for causing panic and misusing his celebrity status to spread false information. In addition, fans have expressed their disappointment in the singer for making light of the pandemic. The post has since been taken down.
However, netizens continue to push a petition to punish him for his actions.
The singer was scheduled to appear on Japanese station NHK Radio on April 1 but due to the kerfuffle, the show was cancelled at the last minute.