TXT tested, in self-quarantine after TV show guesting as COVID-19 scare hits showbiz anew

Published November 26, 2020, 7:57 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

TXT (front) and cast of the EBS TV show ‘Tok! Tok! Boni, Hani’ (Instagram/Boni Hani)

Members of K-pop boy band TXT, or TOMORROW X TOGETHER, have undergone testing and are in self-quarantine after a person who appeared on a Korean TV show with them was exposed to a confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case.

According to Big Hit Entertainment on Nov. 25, TXT appeared on the EBS educational TV show “Tok! Tok! Boni, Hani” on Nov. 19.

“As reported in the media, we were informed yesterday (November 24) that one of the individuals who appeared on the program was identified to have come into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case,” Big Hit said in a statement.

It added, “While authorities did not request COVID testing for our artists, the members of TOMORROW X TOGETHER underwent preemptive COVID-19 testing this morning [Nov. 25] as a preventive safety measure.”

“The artists and staff will place themselves in self-quarantine until test results are returned, and unfortunately TOMORROW X TOGETHER will not be able to appear on this evening’s ‘Idol Wonderland’ as a result,” the agency said.

K-pop boy band E’LAST member Wonjun, one of the hosts of “Tok! Tok! Boni,” also underwent COVID-19 testing and is in self-quarantine while waiting for the test results.

South Korea has experienced a daily surge in COVID-19 cases this month that prompted the Korean government to raise the social distancing level to 1.5 for Seoul City and Gyeonggi province for two weeks from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2.

Under this, public facilities have been subjected to strict measures including limited number of people and mandatory use of face masks. Events such as large-scale concerts are now limited to 100 participants.

The Korean TV entertainment industry is again on edge. Filming of several Korean dramas has been shut down after two unidentified supporting actors tested positive for COVID-19.

One of these is “Snowdrop” starring BLACKPINK’s Jisoo and actor Jung Hae-in. The drama filming was stopped on Nov. 23 after a supporting actor was identified as a close contact of confirmed COVID-19 case from another drama series. As a result, “Snowdrop” actors and staff were tested for COVID-19 and they all came out negative of the virus. The drama will resume filming.

Korean drama “Hush” stars Yoona, member of Girls’ Generation, and Hwang Jung-min also tested negative for COVID-19 after a supporting actor was confirmed to have COVID-19.

VICTON’s album release postponed

K-pop boy band VICTON have postponed the release of their first studio album “Voice: The Future is Now” after members came in contact with production staff of the web channel 1theK.

“On 22 Nov 2020, Play M were informed that one of 1theK outside production staff was tested positive for COVID-19, related to VICTON’s schedule on the 20th,” according to a notice posted on Victon’s Twitter account.

It added, “Following the health authorities’ instructions, the members and other related PlayM staff conducted a test on the 23rd and results came out on 24th that all were negative to COVID-19. Play M are currently under epidemiological investigation regarding all the COVID 19 infection possibilities and our management team have decided that all the related staff should do self-quarantine.”

“Due to the recent rapid outspread of coronavirus and the second stage of social distancing announced by the Korean government, VICTON’s upcoming album release schedule was inevitably affected. Unfortunately, VICTON Exclusive Fan Event is also affected by this situation. We will announce as soon as possible when the exact schedule is confirmed,” according to the notice.