3 members of a K-pop group have tested positive: NPR


Its agency, Big Hit Entertainment, said that three members of K-pop superstar BTS have tested positive for the coronavirus. The members of the group appear here at a press conference to present their single “Butter” in May. They are, left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, and J-Hope.

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Its agency, Big Hit Entertainment, said that three members of K-pop superstar BTS have tested positive for the coronavirus. The members of the group appear here at a press conference to present their single “Butter” in May. They are, left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, and J-Hope.

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Seoul, South Korea – Three members of K-pop superstar BTS have contracted the coronavirus after returning from abroad, their management agency said.

Big Hit Music Entertainment said in a statement that RM and Jin were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday night. It said earlier that another member, Suga, tested positive for the virus on Friday.

The agency said the three received a second blow in August.

BTS is a seven-member group. The other four members are J-Hope, Jungkook, V, and Jimin.

According to the agency, RM has not shown any particular symptoms while Jin has shown mild symptoms including mild fever and is undergoing self-treatment at home. The agency said Friday that Suga was not showing symptoms and that he was providing self-care at home according to health authorities’ guidelines.

RM tested negative after returning from the US earlier this month following his personal schedule there. The agency said he was later diagnosed with the virus before his scheduled release from quarantine.

Returning to South Korea this month, Jin underwent PCR tests twice — upon arrival and then before being released from quarantine — and tested negative both times. The agency said he developed flu-like symptoms on Saturday afternoon before undergoing a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test again. Media reports said he also traveled to the United States

The agency said Suga, who had a number of personal engagements in the United States during the band’s official vacation, was diagnosed with COVID-19 during quarantine after returning from the United States.

The agency said it will continue to provide support to the three members for a speedy recovery. It said it would cooperate with requests and guidelines from South Korean health authorities.

Since their debut in 2013, BTS has gained worldwide recognition for their music and self-actualization, which includes giving a speech at the United Nations and publicly advocating anti-Asian racism.

BTS won Artist of the Year and Favorite Pop Duo or Group, and also won Favorite Pop Song for “Butter” at the American Music Awards in November.

In October, the group’s collaboration with British rock band Coldplay, “My Universe”, achieved number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was BTS’ sixth Hot 100.

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