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Ronan Keating apologises after sharing misleading Instagram post

The singer was called out by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Gemma Strong

Ronan Keating has publicly apologised after falsely reporting on the impact that coronavirus has had on Singapore's ports. The 43-year-old took to Instagram on Sunday to share a photo showing a number of boats outside a port, claiming that they had been unable to dock because of concerns over the COVID-19 virus. But his post came to the attention of the Martime and Port Authority of Singapore, who quickly corrected the Boyzone singer. "We are glad that @rokeating caught a glimpse of the busy Port of Singapore," the Authority wrote, alongside another picture of ships outside a harbour. "Every 2-3 minutes, a ship arrives or leaves Singapore. At any one time, there are about 1,000 ships in the Port!

 

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"To date, no cargo vessel has been turned away due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We have taken enhanced precautions while ships continue to berth at our port. We are working round-the-clock to ensure that it is business as usual at #MaritimeSG." The post concluded with a playful reference to one of Ronan's solo hits, with the hashtag #WeCouldntSayNothingAtAll.

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Ronan Keating has apologised for his original Instagram post

The Irish star has since amended his post, and apologised if he had "offended anyone". He wrote: "I recently posted this pic after being told by a local in Singapore that the reason they were all parked up was due to the Virus. I have been recently informed that this is not true and that this is how the harbour always looks. I apologise if I offended anyone in my post you all know I would never purposefully do that."

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Ronan continued: "To all you haters out there, get on with your short life. I went to Singapore and did a gig when others were cancelling and the same in Jakarta. I feel very blessed to be able to do what I do. Peace and love to you all and wash your hands."