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The list of celebrities making donations to help with the coronavirus outbreak is growing by day.

Entertainer Park Myung-soo donated 20,000 masks to low-income families in Daegu, the hotbed of the virus outbreak, YTN Star reported on Thursday.

“The news yesterday shows people lining up to buy masks,” Park said on his radio show “Park Myung-soo’s Radio Show” Tuesday. “Masks are sort of the last resort for people in this situation to help them feel at ease. I hope that more businesses and retailers [can also] help out.”

With the skyrocketing prices of masks, some stars have openly criticized mask-manufacturing businesses.

“Damn these people who are taking advantage of the situation when people’s lives are at stake,” actor Jin Seo-yeon wrote on her Instagram account on Wednesday.

With her post, Jin uploaded a screenshot photo of 50 masks being sold for 114,000 won ($93) at an online retailer.

Other artists have also opened their wallets for the cause.

Singer IU donated 100 million won to Good Neighbors and another 100 million won to the Korean Medical Association, SPOTV News reported Thursday. The donation is to help low-income families and also doctors procure masks, medical equipment and protective gear to wear when examining patients or testing those suspected to be infected.

Actor Jung Ryeo-won also donated 100 million won to Good Neighbors, and actor Kim Hee-sun donated 100 million won to both Good Neighbors and Seoul National University Hospital.

Donations were also made by actors Suzy, Song Kang-ho, Song Joong-ki, Jung Woo-sung and Kim Hye-soo; entertainers Kang Ho-dong and Jang Sung-kyu; and singers Kim Na-young, Taeyang of Big Bang and Cha Eun-woo of Astro.

By Esther Chung
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