BTS frenzy forces McDonald's to close in Indonesia

More than 30 McDonald's restaurants in Indonesia have been forced to temporarily close after a new menu themed on K-pop band BTS triggered a frenzy and raised concerns about a spike in coronavirus cases.

The leading hamburger chain began selling a limited-edition meal designed in collaboration with the popular South Korean boy band on Wednesday.

It quickly drew a flood of orders, which resulted in a large number of delivery riders gathering at McDonald's outlets.

Authorities in Jakarta saw it as a breach of coronavirus rules that mandate anti-crowding steps and limit in-store capacity to no more than 50 percent.

They ordered 20 outlets to close for one or three days and issued warnings to 12 others. They will each face a fine of about 3,400 dollars.

Thirteen outlets in three cities in Java Island were also ordered to temporarily close.

Indonesia has logged the largest number of coronavirus infections and deaths in Southeast Asia. On Thursday, daily cases topped 8,000 for the first time in about three and a half months.