K-pop group Seventeen’s The 8 tests positive for Covid-19 – Manila Bulletin

K-pop boy group Seventeen The 8 have tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the seventh member of the group to catch the disease in three weeks.

Pledis Entertainment made the announcement on March 7.

(Clockwise from top left) Seventeen’s The 8, Seungkwan, DK, S.Coups, Hoshi, Vernon and Wonwoo (Instagram)

“We would like to provide you with information on the member of Seventeen The 8 diagnosed with Covid-19 as well as adjustments to his activities,” he said.

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.

“All Seventeen members other than S.Coups, Hoshi, Wonwoo, DK, Seungkwan, and Vernon all took preventive self-test kits on Sunday 6th, all of which came back negative with no symptoms. . It would therefore be difficult for The 8 to participate in Seventeen’s activities for a while. We will provide you with updates on its resumption of activity,” the agency said.

From February 12 to March 7, seven 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.

More than 190 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.

“We would like to provide you with information on the temporary postponement of the special Seventeen Carat Membership live reunion event,” Pledis Entertainment announced on March 6.

He said, “The event, which was scheduled to take place on Monday, March 7, will be postponed as seventeen members S.Coups, Hoshi, DK, and Seungkwan have been confirmed with Covid-19 and are under quarantine.”

“After careful consideration and lengthy discussions about whether we should hold the event as we promised Carat, we have concluded to tentatively postpone it to a later date as the health and safety of the performers is our top priority. .

South Korea is experiencing an increase in Covid-19 cases due to the spread of the highly contagious variant of Omicron.

On March 7, South Korea recorded 210,716 new cases of Covid-19 to bring the total of confirmed cases to 4.66 million.

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Corina C. Butler