More K-pop stars have tested positive for Covid-19 as South Korea recorded 210,176 new cases on March 7 due to the Omicron variant to push the total confirmed cases to 4.66 million.
Among those who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 include two members of K-pop boy band Astro, Hyuna, Kwanghee and members of Fromis 9.
In the morning of March 7, Pledis Entertainment said Seventeen member The 8 tested positive for Covid-19 to become the seventh member of the group to be diagnosed with coronavirus disease in three weeks.
Fantagio, Astro’s agency, announced on March 7 that members Moonbin and Sanha tested positive for Covid-19.
It said that Moonbin felt mild cold symptoms on March 6 and used a self-test kit, which turned out to be negative. However, the cold symptoms continued so he underwent a rapid antigen test, which resulted in a positive diagnosis. He immediately took a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and was diagnosed with Covid-19 on March 7.
Sanha had a rapid antigen test as his movements overlapped with Moonbin. While it was negative, he underwent a PCR test and was confirmed to have Covid-19 on March 7.
“Currently, Moonbin has no symptoms other than a mild cold, and Sanha is asymptomatic, and both members will focus on treatment and recovery in accordance with the guidelines of the Covid-19 quarantine authorities,” the agency said.
Singer Hyuna was also diagnosed with Covid-19 on March 7, according to her agency P Nation. She had a slight fever and underwent a PCR test, which confirmed her positive diagnosis.
Pledis Entertainment, meanwhile, announced that Fromis 9 members Saerom, Gyuri and Chaeyoung tested positive for Covid-19.
“Lee Saerom and Jang Gyuri took a self-test as a proactive measure and tested positive on the self-test kit on Saturday, March 5. They promptly took a PCR test and were confirmed with Covid-19 on Sunday, March 6. Lee Saerom is currently not exhibiting symptoms other than a cough and a sore throat, and Jang Gyuri is also not exhibiting any symptoms other than a sore throat. They are both administering self-treatment at home,” the agency said.
It added, “Lee Chaeyoung was tested positive on the self-test kit after experiencing cough, sore throat and mild fever since Friday, March 4. She promptly took a PCR test and was confirmed with Covid-19 on Saturday, March 5. Lee Chaeyoung is currently not exhibiting symptoms other than cough, sore throat and mild fever and is administering self-treatment at home.”
Meanwhile, K-pop boy band CIX member BX will return to his dormitory after he tested negative in two PCR tests. Last March 4, Seunghun tested positive for Covid-19.
In addition, five members of girl group Apink have recovered from Covid-19.
IST Entertainment said on March 7 that the quarantine periods for Eunji and Hayoung, who tested positive last Feb. 28, and Chorong, Bomi and Namjoo, who were diagnosed with Covid-19 on March 1, ended on March 5 and 6, respectively.