McDonald’s BTS-meal frenzy sparks virus closures in Indonesia

More than a dozen Indonesian McDonald’s outlets were temporarily shuttered on June 9 over virus fears as the chain’s new BTS meal deal sparked frenzied buying from fans in the K-pop mad country.

Jakarta and several other cities slapped closure stickers on at least 13 outlets that were deluged with online food-delivery drivers picking up a meal set named after the hugely popular Korean boy band.

The city’s public order agency head said, “We temporarily closed four of six McDonald’s stores here in Semarang for a couple of days.”

Indonesia is one of the Asian nations hardest-hit by COVID-19. Jakarta authorities did not respond to requests for comment. But local media said five stores in the capital were shut over BTS-meal orders.

The meal set of chicken nuggets, fries and a drink has been on offer in dozens of countries since May.BTS have become global superstars with millions of fans around the world since their debut in 2013.

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