Amid the devastating surge of COVID-19 in Indonesia, it’s becoming more common to hear that people are testing positive for the coronavirus despite having mostly stayed at home, the list of which now includes singer/actress Sherina Munaf.
Sherina announced her diagnosis last night on social media, explaining that her PCR test results came out positive, and claiming that she hasn’t gone anywhere or been in close contact with anyone outside of her household in the past month. She also said that her family has been strictly abiding by health protocols since before the Emergency Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (Emergency PPKM or PPKM Darurat in Indonesian), and even double masking when going out for urgent matters.
My current situation. I tested positive for Covid (PCR Swab). Please read my statement below. And let this be a lesson to everyone here, that no matter how strict you are, you can still catch it. So always be prepared. pic.twitter.com/pDF1U0R0aQ
— Sherina Sinna (@sherinasinna) July 7, 2021
The 31-year-old artist went on to say that she has never dined out, met friends, and was strict about health protocols when it comes to accepting jobs all throughout the pandemic, sharing how that had made it difficult to find people willing to comply with her COVID-19 policy for work.
As seen on her Instagram, Sherina and her husband, actor Baskara Mahendra, went on a trip to Banyuwangi, East Java and Bali around April. She doesn’t appear to have gone on any other trips recently.
It is not yet known whether her family members — including Baskara and father Triawan Munaf, a commissioner at flag carrier Garuda Indonesia — also tested positive for the coronavirus. At the moment, Sherina could only guess where she contracted the viral disease from.
“I didn’t know if I got it from the packages [of my online orders], or maybe someone in my family is asymptomatic, because my father has gone out a few times to the supermarket to stock food at home. So everyone in my home will be swab [tested],” Sherina wrote.
Sherina, who has amassed more than 12 million followers on Twitter and Instagram combined, ended her statement with a reminder for everyone to take health protocols even more seriously than before.
“Please, please, please anyone who’s still a bit loose [when it comes to health protocols], you should be more strict. I haven’t gone anywhere but I got [COVID-19],” Sherina wrote.
“I haven’t gone out anywhere in the past month.”
Born Sinna Sherina Munaf, she began her entertainment career as a child singer in 1999 and starred in musical comedy/adventure Petualangan Sherina in 2000, which is considered as one of the most successful Indonesian films in history. Aside from her singing career, Sherina also starred in action comedy Wiro Sableng: Pendekar Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212, adapted from the novel of the same title in 2018. Sherina is involved in the making of the sequel and the animation version of Petualangan Sherina, slated for release this year, as well as providing voice acting on Studio Ghibli’s animated film Earwig and The Witch and singing two songs for its soundtrack.