Two more members of K-pop idol group Seventeen have been diagnosed with Covid-19 as South Korea continues to battle a spike in cases due to the highly contagious variant of Omicron.
South Korea registered 202,721 new cases of Covid-19 on March 8 to bring the total of confirmed cases to 4.86 million, according to data from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
On Marcy 8, Pledis Entertainment announced that Seventeen members Joshua and Jun have tested positive for Covid-19. Including the two, there are now nine members of Seventeen who have been infected with the disease in the nearly four weeks since February 12.
“Joshua took a self-test and tested negative on Monday, March 7. However, he took a PCR [polymerase chain reaction] testing as a proactive measure and was confirmed with Covid-19 on the morning of Tuesday March 8,” the agency said.
He added: “June took a rapid antigen test as a proactive measure and tested positive on Monday March 7. He quickly took a PCR test and was confirmed with Covid-19 on the morning of Tuesday March 8. Joshua and Jun are currently symptom free and are self-treating at home.
“All Seventeen members other than S.Coups, Hoshi, Wonwoo, The 8, DK, Seungkwan, and Vernon all took preventive self-test kits on Monday the 7th, all of which came back negative and did not show no symptoms. Therefore, it would be difficult for Joshua and Jun to participate in Seventeen’s activities for a while. We will provide you with updates on their recovery,” Pledis added.
Joshua and Jun tested positive a day after the Seventeen The 8 member was diagnosed with Covid-19 on March 7.
The agency said: “The 8 tested negative on the self-test kit on Saturday March 5. However, as he had a very mild cough, the 8 preemptively took a PCR [polymerase chain reaction] test on Saturday March 5 and was confirmed with Covid-19 on the morning of Monday March 7. The 8 currently has no symptoms and is self-medicating at home.
From February 12 to March 8, nine of Seventeen’s 13 members tested positive for Covid-19.
Members DK, Seungkwan, and S.Coups were diagnosed with Covid-19 on March 5. Hoshi tested positive for the disease on March 3.
Vernon was confirmed to have Covid-19 on February 25 and made a full recovery on March 3. Wonwoo tested positive for Covid-19 on February 12 and recovered on February 18.
At least 200 Korean stars, mostly K-pop idols, have tested positive for Covid-19 since January 19.
Covid-19 infections among Seventeen prompted Pledis Entertainment to postpone the group’s special live fan reunion event scheduled for March 7.
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