Cover Park Seo-Joon attends the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards at Kintex. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Korean star has received all three of his vaccinations and is isolating as he recovers

This story was first published on August 23, 2021, and updated on February 25, 2021. 


South Korean star Park Seo-joon has unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19. The actor, who is well known for his roles in Korean dramas such as Itaewon Class and What's Wrong With Secretary Kim? tested positive on February 19, according to his agency Awesome ENT.

“As a preemptive measure, Park Seo Joon carried out tests using self-testing kits before moving to all his filming sets. Before proceeding to his scheduled activity last week, he tested positive using a self-testing kit, so after carrying out a PCR test, he ultimately received a positive test on February 19,” the agency said.

“He is taking the necessary measures to quarantine and receive treatment in keeping with the guidelines set by government health authorities. He is currently in the recovery stage and has no special symptoms,” it continued.

Park has completed all three doses of his Covid-19 vaccine and has stopped all his scheduled activities while he recovers. 

As Covid-19 continues to plague the world, we list other Korean celebs who also made headlines for having contracted the virus. 

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1. Suga, RM and Jin

Three members of the K-pop group BTS tested positive for Covid-19 after the group returned to South Korea following their concert in the United States, according to their management company Big Hit Music.

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Suga was the first member of the septet to test positive on December 24. He was in the midst of his self-quarantine following his return from the United States when his positive test result came in. 

Unfortunately, the next day, Big Hit Music reported that fellow members RM and Jin from the group had also tested positive for the virus on December 25.

RM tested positive just as he was preparing to leave his mandatory quarantine and is showing no symptoms. Jin tested negative a second time as he left quarantine but tested positive later when he began experiencing mild symptoms. 

All three members are fully vaccinated after receiving their second dose in August this year. 

2. Jung Woo Sung

Korean star Jung Woo Sung sadly tested positive for Covid-19 in early December, according to Sung’s agency, Artist Company.

“Jung Woo Sung was informed of his positive Covid-19 results yesterday night and has gone into self-quarantine. Over two weeks had passed since he received his second dose of the vaccine. He will follow the health authorities’ instructions,” it said in a statement on November 30. 

Sung had, on November 26, presented an award at the 42nd Blue Dragon Film Awards alongside Korean actor Lee Jung Jae. Thankfully, Lee tested negative for the virus. 

“Lee Jung Jae underwent a PCR test before leaving for the United States. He also tested negative in a PCR test yesterday,” said Artist Company who also represents Lee. 

Actor and singer Lee Byung Hun, who did a commercial shoot with Sung recently also tested negative for Covid-19, according to his agency BH Entertainment. 

3. Lisa

Blackpink’s Lisa tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement that was released by YG Entertainment in November.

It added that three other members of the K-pop group, Jisoo, Jennie and Rose, had also gotten themselves tested. 

“Blackpink’s Lisa was diagnosed with Covid-19 this afternoon (November 24). The other three Blackpink members have not been classified as close contacts yet, but they immediately received PCR tests after hearing of Lisa’s positive Covid-19 results, and they are currently awaiting their results,” the statement read. 

Later, the agency updated that the remaining girls tested negative for the virus.

4. Doyoung

In July last year, YG Entertainment announced that Doyoung, a member of the K-pop boy band Treasure, had tested positive for Covid-19.

“Doyoung underwent Covid-19 testing before shooting a commercial on July 12 and tested positive,” the agency said in a statement.

“All the other Treasure members and support staff tested negative, but will still quarantine themselves.”

5. Seo In-young

As Korea battled the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections earlier in 2021, it was announced that singer Seo In-young had contracted the virus. 

Seo is best known for her 2008 hit Cinderella and she immediately isolated herself after testing positive. 

“Seo was initially expected to appear as a guest on TV Chosun’s reality show Romantic Call Center, but we had to cancel this plan,” said Think Entertainment, Seo’s management company. 

6. Minhyuk

In July last year, Btob’s Minhyuk was hospitalised for two weeks following a Covid-19 diagnosis. 

The Korean rapper then held an Instagram Live for his fans on July 30 to share that he was finally discharged from the hospital. He went on to warn fans to be careful about the virus and shared that he had a very high fever that persisted for a week and that he had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. 

7. Chungha

In December 2020, South Korean singer Chungha tested positive for Covid-19, according to her agency, MNH Entertainment.

“After being aware that she has come into contact with a Covid-19 patient, Chungha got tested and received the positive result Monday,” it said. 

Chungha, who used to be a member of IOI and who is now a solo artist, immediately went into isolation. 

“The company will disinfect the entire company building and perform preemptive general tests to actively cooperate with government policies. We promise to do our best at managing all of our artists,” the agency continued.  

8. Enhyphen

Earlier in 2021, five members of K-pop group Enhypen tested positive for Covid-19, according to their agency, Belift Lab.

The group began self-isolating when they found that a staff member had been diagnosed with Covid-19. During their quarantine, Jungwon, Heeseung, Jay, Jake and Sunghoon were found to be infected.

The five were sent to a treatment facility where they recovered well. 

9. Sihyeon

In November 2020, the girl group Everglow took part in the variety show Yoo Hee-yeoul’s Sketchbook. Shortly after, Sihyeon caught the virus. Her fellow group member, Yiren caught Covid-19 as well soon after. 

10. Ji Chang-wook

In July last year, South Korean actor and singer, Ji Chang-wook tested positive for Covid-19 right in the middle of filming his upcoming Netflix series, The Sound Of Magic.

After he tested positive, filming was stopped on the set of The Sound Of Magic, where Ji is set to play the lead role in the series which is a dramatic adaptation of a popular Korean webtoon.

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