Not a great piece of news for the diehard fans of BTS as several members of the insanely popular music group have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Their agency Big Hit Music has confirmed that RM and Jin have tested positive for COVID-19, a day after fellow band member Suga contracted the virus.
In a statement released today on December 25, Big Hit Music revealed that RM did not show any symptoms of the virus. However, Jin did have mild symptoms. The agency also confirmed that the BTS members have not met one other ever since they returned from the US.
For those not in the know, RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook had travelled to the US last month. The group performed at the American Music Awards and then appeared on the Late Night Show With James Corden. They also hosted their four-day Permission to Dance on Stage in LA.
The statement released by Big Hit Music reads:
This is BIGHIT MUSIC.
BTS members RM and Jin were diagnosed with COVID-19 on the evening of Saturday, December 25.
After returning on Friday the 17th from the United States following his personal schedule as part of his official vacation period, RM immediately underwent PCR testing, was found negative and entered into self-quarantine in his home as mandated by COVID-19 control procedures. However, he underwent PCR testing today before his scheduled release from quarantine and was found to be positive for COVID-19; he is currently exhibiting no particular symptoms.
Jin returned to Korea on Monday, December 6 and underwent PCR testing immediately after his return and again before his release from self-quarantine and was found negative on both occasions. However, feeling flu-like symptoms this afternoon, he underwent PCR testing and was found positive for COVID-19 late this evening. He is exhibiting mild symptoms including light fever and is undergoing self-treatment at home.
RM and Jin both completed their second round of COVID-19 vaccinations in late August and are currently undergoing self-treatment at home as per health authority guidelines. Neither member had any contact with other members after their return to Korea.
Our company will continue to provide support for the rapid recovery of RM and Jin, placing our highest priority on the health and safety of our artists. We will continue to cooperate fully with the requests and guidelines of healthcare authorities.
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