BTS' Jungkook tests positive for COVID-19
Jungkook of BTS has tested positive for COVID-19, the last of the seven members of the popular Korean boy band to come down with the disease since December.
His diagnosis arrives just days before the pop group's scheduled appearance at Sunday's Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.
Jungkook, whose real name is Jeon Jung-kook, tested negative for COVID-19 via PCR test while still in Korea on Sunday, according to a statement from the pop group's label, Big Hit Music. The company added that the singer, 24, felt a slight discomfort in his throat after arriving in Las Vegas and immediately took a rapid PCR test and a standard PCT test, both of which came back positive. He is now self-quarantined and his only symptom has been a mild sore throat.
Big Hit Music added that it is in discussion with the Grammy organizers about Jungkook's participation at Sunday's awards. Jungkook's ability to perform at other dates on BTS' schedule, including shows in Las Vegas on April 8, 9, 15 and 16, will be determined by local COVID-19 regulations.
The coronavirus has now affected the entire band. Last week, J-Hope became the sixth member of BTS to test positive for COVID. In December, Suga, RM, and Jin all tested positive for COVID-19 with V following suit last month. Jimin tested positive in January while in the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.