Covid in K-pop: BTOB's Changsub, Sungjae and Oh My Girl's Mimi test positive

Previously, BTOB's Peniel and Hyunsik tested positive on their birthdays


                            Covid in K-pop: BTOB's Changsub, Sungjae and Oh My Girl's Mimi test positive
BTOB's Changsub, Sungjae and Oh My Girl's Mimi test positive (@cecikorea, @koreadispatch/Instagram)
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Well, it is official, BTOB’s Peniel tested positive on his birthday just like the previous member, Hyunsik. And now two more BTOB members, Changsub and Sungjae and Oh My Girl’s Mimi have been diagnosed with Covid-19. The Omicron outbreak in the K-pop industry is unending. We had over 120 idols testing positive in the last 30 days with tens of idols getting sick every week. And in the last seven days, seven idols have tested positive. 

While the new Covid-19 strain isn’t considered lethal, it is quite infectious which has led to it running rampant among K-pop idols who have to continue with their activities among mass gatherings. It has also started hindering important schedules like Blackpink Rosé’s YSL show in Paris Fashion Week and Loona’s participation in round 1 of the survival show ‘Queendom 2’. And now, it has affected birthdays and anniversary concerts as seen in the case of BTOB.

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Peniel tests positive along with Sungjae and Changsub

While fans were celebrating Peniel’s birthday on March 10, the poor BTOB member was awaiting his PCR results as he had tested positive with the self-test kit during a mandatory check-up. All of the other members had also immediately gotten PCR tests. Well, on March 11, his label, Cube shared that not only Peniel but Sungjae and Changsub have also been diagnosed with Covid-19. With Hyunsik testing positive on March 7, currently, only Minhyuk and Eunkwang are negative.

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Minhyuk had gotten Covid-19 in July 2021 while Eunkwang had tested positive on February 15, days before BTOB’s first full group comeback since 2018. Fortunately, they tested negative when they took their latest PCR tests. The members are currently in self-quarantine and their activities will be canceled or postponed according to their isolation period. The boys were supposed to have their 10th-anniversary concert 'Be Together' from March 18 to March 20 but Cube hasn't mentioned anything about it. Fans think that it might be postponed according to BTOB's recovery time.

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Mimi the second Oh My Girl member to get sick

On the same day, WM Entertainment announced that Mimi had become the second Oh My Girl member to get Covid-19 on March 11. YooA had tested positive on March 6 and had gone into quarantine. The girls are preparing for their upcoming second album ‘Real Love’ and hence Mimi took a mandatory self-test which came back positive. She took a PCR test and has been diagnosed with the virus. She has taken all three vaccine doses and is resting while her activities are suspended at the moment. Along with them, even STAYC's Yoon and soloist Jeong Sewoon tested positive on March 11. 

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