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Choi Si-won shares words of encouragement in Indonesian amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Jakarta  /  Mon, March 23, 2020  /  12:47 pm
Choi Si-won shares words of encouragement in Indonesian amid COVID-19 outbreak

One of the members of Super Junior, Choi Si-won, speaks during a press conference for the tvN drama series "Revolutionary Love". (twitter.com/SMTOWNGLOBAL/File)

South Korean singer Choi Si-won posted a series of tweets in Indonesian on Sunday, encouraging the country to stay strong in its fight against COVID-19.

“I believe that we will rise again, as our wounded hearts will heal over time,” read the tweet. “At times like this, love, consideration, words of warm encouragement and sharing even the smallest of things will heal our soul.”

Choi, who is also part of renowned K-pop boyband Super Junior, wrote that he was looking forward to the time when borders would reopen and people would get together again.

“We can get through this," he tweeted.

Choi also posted the same messages in Korean, English and Japanese.

Read also: Super Junior’s Siwon visits convenience store in Indonesia to buy instant noodles

Choi’s messages have been warmly received by the netizens, including Jerome Polin Sijabat, an Indonesian student who is currently studying in Japan.

Jerome replied the tweet by writing, “Ok, hyung. Stay healthy, hyung.” In Korean, hyung means “older brother” and is usually addressed by a male speaker.

Jerome Polin Sijabat, an Indonesian student who' is currently studying in Japan, replies to Choi Si-won's tweet. Jerome Polin Sijabat, an Indonesian student who' is currently studying in Japan, replies to Choi Si-won's tweet. (twitter.com/JeromePolin/File)

Another user, @barleymilktae, wrote: “Thank you for lifting up our spirits amid this bad situation. You’ve always been a good person in my eyes and you always will be.”

Twitter user @barleymilktae replies to Choi Si-won's tweet. Twitter user @barleymilktae replies to Choi Si-won's tweet. (twitter.com/barleymilktae/File)

As of Sunday, has Indonesia recorded 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 48 fatalities, including medical personnel.

A lack of medical supplies, including protective gear for medical workers and hand sanitizer, are among the hurdles Indonesia’s healthcare system is facing in its fight against the disease. (wir/kes)

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