BTS’s Jungkook Tests Positive For Covid Ahead Of Grammy Awards Performance
K-pop star Jungkook received a positive Covid test on Monday March 28 after traveling to Las Vegas ahead of BTS’ Grammy performance. The 24-year-old singer is now the seventh and last member of the group to contract the virus since December.
According to a statement from Big Hit Music, Junkook felt “a slight discomfort in his throat and promptly took a rapid PCR test and a standard PCT test. [on Sunday].” He remained in self-quarantine until both tests came back positive on Monday. Luckily, Jungkook’s case is described as “light”. He has a sore throat, but no other serious symptoms.
The group will still perform at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3. However, it is unclear if Jungkook will be able to attend. Along with their performance, BTS is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their hit song “Butter.”
Their management said they would take the necessary precautions and follow any Covid guidelines the Grammys decide.
“We are actively in discussion with the award organizer,” the statement said. “We would like to sincerely apologize to our fans for causing you concern despite our efforts to take all necessary measures for the health of our artists before and throughout the program in the United States. We ask for your generous understanding and the support of all our fans.
Jungkook’s teammates Suga, Jin and RM contracted Covid in December, and Jimin tested positive in January while in hospital with appendicitis. V caught the virus in February and J-Hope is recovering after testing positive last week.
Shortly after the Grammys, the band will be staying in Las Vegas for a four-day residency at Allegiant Stadium and MGM Grand Garden Arena. “BTS Permission to Dance On Stage” will take place on April 8, 9, 15, and 16.
Tickets for residency performances in Las Vegas are available HERE. And check out their Grammy-nominated single “Butter” below.
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