Five out of seven ENHYPEN members have tested positive for COVID-19, according to their agency Belift Lab.
On Sept. 2, Belift Lab told the Korean news outlet Star Today that five members of the rookie boy group were confirmed to have contracted the infectious virus. The company added that they remain in self-quarantine.
Keep on reading to know the full details!
5 ENHYPEN Members Test Positive for COVID-19, according to Belift Lab
Belift Lab revealed that after a confirmed case on a filming site on Aug. 25 was announced, the ENHYPEN members entered into pre-emptive self-quarantine on Thursday, Aug. 26.
On Sunday, Aug. 29, Jake started showing symptoms including fever and cough, and after reporting his condition to the local government health, he underwent PCR testing. It was then discovered that he was positive for COVID-19 on the morning of Aug. 30.
Also, on Aug. 30, four other ENHYPEN members, namely Jungwon, Heeseung, Jay, and Sunghoon, exhibited similar symptoms of COVID-19, and so they were tested as well. They all received positive results for the virus.
Fortunately, the two other ENHYPEN members (Sunwoo and Ni-ki), who also underwent PCR testing, have received negative diagnoses so far and are still in self-quarantine.
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Belift Lab detailed that after the COVID-19 case occurred on a production site on Wednesday, Aug. 25, all who were present at that time including ENHYPEN was tested and confirmed as negative, and entered self-quarantine. As such, the probability of further spread of the virus is low.
The agency continued that all artists and staff who are currently in self-quarantine perform self-testing twice a day and sharply monitor their health and immediately undergo PCR testing when symptoms appear.
To end their official announcement, Belift Lab apologized for causing concern to all fans and stated that they will provide full support to ensure the quick recovery of the members.
Wishing the ENHYPEN members a fast recovery!
ENHYPEN to Make a Comeback This September
ENHYPEN is currently amid their preparation for their comeback this September. Considering the members' health condition, Belift Lab is yet to announce whether the group's return will be delayed or not.
Meanwhile, Belift Lab confirmed in August that ENHYPEN is working on a new album aimed to be released later this month.
If it will be dropped as scheduled, ENHYPEN's new album will be their first Korean work in five months since their second EP "BORDER: CARNIVAL," which came out in April.
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"BORDER: CARNIVAL" is the boy group's first album to sell half a million copies, doing so in only five days since its release. With this, the septet became a half-million-seller within six months of their debut.
Also, the album will be the rookie group's third album this year, following their second EP and their Japanese debut single album "BORDER: Hakanai."
Ahead of their preparations for their new album, ENHYPEN collaborated with Tayo the Little Bus, a computer-animated television series to release a remake song, titled "Hey Tayo" in July.
In August, ENHYPEN, and Tayo the Little Bus dropped another song, called "Billy Poco."
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Written by Mhaliya Scott