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BTS member Suga made a donation to a disaster relief organization after the group’s “Map of the Soul” tour in South Korea was canceled due to the ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The group canceled its stops in Seoul which were set to take place on April 11, 12, 18, and 19, Soompi reported.
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Suga, whose real name is Min Yoon-gi, made a 100 million Korean won (more than $83,000) donation to the Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association in attempts of helping his hometown of Daegu, according to Pinkvilla.
South Korea recently saw a dramatic increase in the number of infections in Daegu, a city within the North Gyeongsang Province of Korea. The city was hit hard by the virus within the past week after an elderly woman accidentally infected fellow members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.
After the news of Suga’s donation circulated, many of the group’s fans, the ARMY, immediately donated their refunds from BTS’ canceled concerts.
“After the cancellation of BTS’s Seoul concerts, their fans have been donating their refunds and sharing proof of their donations online,” a source from Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association told OSEN. “BTS’s fans have been donating after Suga donated 100 million won [approximately $83,000], but there were particularly a lot of donations today. We received 453 donations today by 3 p.m. that were registered under ARMY’s name, BTS member names, or fans’ own names. The donation amount has reached 19,382,416 won [approximately $16,000].”
South Korea now has 4,335 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 26 recorded deaths as of this writing, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
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