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Show must go on: Virus-hit South Korea not stopping K-pop fans from visiting

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, February 27, 2020   /  05:04 pm
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People wait in line to buy face masks in front of a store at Dongseongro shopping district in Daegu on February 27, 2020. - South Korea reported 334 new coronavirus cases on February 27, taking its total to 1,595, still the largest in the world outside China, where the disease first emerged. (AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

Tiffani Afifa is a K-pop fan and influencer, and even the alarming spread of the novel coronavirus in South Korea has not dissuaded her from visiting the country. Last Saturday, one day before South Korea’s government announced the highest possible alert level over the virus, Tiffani flew to Seoul with her friends for a one-week vacation. “Before I went, I was told by a lot of people about the possibility of quarantine as soon as I arrived at the airport. Turns out, it was just business as usual at the airport as well as within Seoul,” Tiffani told The Jakarta Post via instant messaging. As a K-Pop enthusiast, the 30-year-old goes to South Korea two to five times a year. “The difference now is that I think almost 95 percent of the people [in Seoul] are wearing masks, and some places are less crowded than usual, for example Hongdae,&rdq...

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