After receiving word from his staff that the world thought he had been quarantined for COVID-19, Jackie Chan set the record straight by telling that same world that no, that is not the fucking case. He shot down the coronavirus non-info through announcements on both his Instagram and website.
We'll start with the message from his website, which is where he thanked fans for their concern after saying he had gotten a bunch of messages asking if he was doing alright. Read in full, it said: "Recently, my staff told be about the news that’s been circulating around the world, saying that I’ve been placed under quarantine for COVID-19. Firstly, I’d like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” for everybody’s concern! I’m very healthy and safe, and haven’t been quarantined. I’ve received many messages from friends asking if I’m ok. Your love and concern is so heartwarming. Thank you! I’ve also received some very special gifts from fans all over the world during this very difficult time. Thank you for the face masks. Your thoughtfulness is well received! And I’ve asked my lovely staff to donate your kindness through official organisations to those who need it most."
Chan was born in Hong Kong, which has thus far had almost 100 confirmed cases of coronavirus. In addition to those confirmed sick, the South China Morning Post reports that the city had 5,900 buildings under quarantine as of Thursday.
Chan's most recent film, Vanguard, was yanked over fears that the virus could spread amongst movie audiences. Chan has offered a reward of roughly $197,000 (1 million yuan) for an antidote, which is nice, though they probably would've tried to find a cure regardless.
As Chan wrote on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, "Science and technology is key to overcoming the virus, and I believe many people have the same thought as me and hope that an antidote can be developed as soon as possible. I have a 'naive' idea now. No matter which individual or organisation develops the antidote, I want to thank them with 1 million yuan."