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Posted by germainej AKP STAFF Thursday, April 2, 2020

Ministry of Health and Welfare responds to possible punishment for Jaejoong's coronavirus April Fool's prank

AKP STAFF

The Ministry of Health and Welfare responded to a possible punishment for Jaejoong's coronavirus April Fool's prank.

The anti-epidemic headquarters of the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention previously revealed Jaejoong could face punishment for his prank, and on April 2, senior official Yoon Tae Ho of the Ministry of Health and Welfare commented on the prank, stating, "It appeared the incident was for April Fool's Day. Legal punishment based on the 'Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act' can only occur if one provides false information while an epidemiological investigation is underway or during the treatment process."

He continued, "This case does not pertain to either of these. We'll have to see if a different punishment applies, but a punishment based on the 'Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act' would be difficult. The citizens are currently very sensitive due to COVID-19. Because of this, we must be careful with our words and what we upload on social media."

As previously reported, Jaejoong shocked and angered fans and netizens when he announced he was hospitalized for COVID-19 only to admit it was an April Fool's day prank. Though he made an official apology, he might be facing punishment by the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). 

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jeyjin1,933 pts Thursday, April 2, 2020 0
Thursday, April 2, 2020

It seems like he’s going to get off with a warning. That’s all he really needs to never pull a stunt like this again and I hope this is enough to deter people from using this as a joke. I feel bad for him but this was a serious mistake to make.

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YohY231 pts Thursday, April 2, 2020 0
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Mmmm i dont know.. dont really know about him that much, but, unpopular opinion here -- i do think he mean well. If you read from the 1st news until his apology statement, it does make sense.

its just that its not the right time. People are sensitive right now. People will only see the bad part of it right now.

What he did are stupid? Yes. But should this cost his career? Nah. Should he get punish for it? fine or warning is enough. The man already apologize and admit his wrong too.

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