After EXO were photographed wearing facial and medical masks at Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport, numerous outlets breathlessly reported that the boy band were covering their faces due to the ongoing MERS health crisis in South Korea.
But a source close to the group exclusively tells IdolWow! that their choice of accessories was merely down to wanting to go incognito and nothing to do with the headline-grabbing MERS virus (which stands for Middle East respiratory syndrome).
“They wore masks so they would be less obvious to paparazzi,” says the insider. “The plan was to get them off the plane and straight to the VIP arrivals area of the airport, so they could avoid causing chaos in the airport as so many fans had gathered. Airport officials were keen to avoid disruption inside the terminal.”
Indeed, a representative at the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that cases of MERS — a coronavirus originating from the Arabian peninsula — in South Korea have almost exclusively been contained in hospitals.
Says the spokesperson, “There have never been any signs to suggest that it has reached the community. To report that travelling in and out of South Korea is contributing to a spread is irresponsible.”
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Since arriving in Taiwan on June 11, EXO completed two major concerts, before the “Love Me Right” singers flew back to both Seoul’s Incheon Airport and Hong Kong International Airport this morning, June 14.