Suga, Jin and RM of BTS Test Positive For Covid-19: 9 Other Korean Stars Who Contracted the Virus
All three BTS members who have contracted Covid-19 are fully vaccinated
This story was first published on August 23, 2021, and updated on December 27, 2021.
Three members of the K-pop group BTS have 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.
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.
The Korean boy band recently completed their first live concert since the beginning of the pandemic at Los Angeles at Sofi Stadium.
The concert, which was titled Permission to Dance on Stage, achieved the highest ticket sales among any concert held by a single band or artist at the Sofi Stadium, according to Christy Castillo Butcher, Sofi Stadium’s Senior Vice President of Programming.
As Covid-19 continues to plague the world, we list other Korean celebs who also made headlines for having contracted the virus.
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.
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.
In July this 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.”
As Korea battled the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections earlier in the year, 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.
In July this 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.
In December last year, 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.
Earlier this year, 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.
In November last year, 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.
In July this 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.