COVID-19 cases in 7-member K-pop group BTS drop to 3
Global K-pop sensation BTS has been hit by an outbreak of COVID-19 as two other members of the group of seven tested positive upon their return from the United States to South Korea, where they donated their first concerts around the time of the pandemic.
Rapper RM, 27, and singer Jin, 29, were diagnosed with COVID-19 a day after Suga, a songwriter and rapper for the group, tested positive, management company Big said. Hit Music.
All three had completed second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in August, the company said.
Since their debut in 2013, BTS has spearheaded a global K-pop craze with upbeat, upbeat music and dances, as well as lyrics and social campaigns aimed at empowering young people.
The concerts in the United States were BTS’s first in the country since 2019, when they toured Asia, Europe and North America.
RM, real name Kim Nam-joon, and Jin, real name Kim Seok-jin, initially tested negative upon their return to South Korea earlier this month.
RM, who tested positive as he prepared to leave mandatory quarantine, has no symptoms, Big Hit Music said.
Jin tested negative a second time as he left his forties, but was later diagnosed after experiencing symptoms, which the company said were mild.
Neither Jin nor RM had any contact with other members of the group after their return to South Korea, the company said.
Suga, 28, real name Min Yoon-gi, was confirmed to have contracted the virus on Friday during his self-quarantine when he returned home Thursday, according to Bit Hit Music.
The group has had “a number of personal commitments in the United States” after hosting their first in-person concerts in Los Angeles since the start of the pandemic.
Big Hit said BTS will take a break over the holiday break and get ready for a new gig and album.
The group won first artist of the year at the American Music Awards for the first time in November, and best pop song for their summer hit “Butter”, among other accolades.
As the pandemic swept the world, BTS postponed and then canceled what would have been their biggest world tour involving nearly 40 concerts last year, resorting to online shows.