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BTS' Jungkook tests positive for Covid days ahead of Grammys

He is the seventh and last member of BTS to have tested positive since December.
Jungkook of BTS
Jungkook of BTS at a news conference for the band's digital single "Butter" at Olympic Hall in Seoul, South Korea, on May 21.The Chosunilbo JNS/Imazins via Getty Images

K-pop star Jungkook tested positive for Covid and is in self-quarantine after having arrived in the U.S. States for BTS' Grammy performance.

In a statement posted Monday on the Korean fan app Weverse, BTS' management company, BigHit Music, said Jungkook, 24, has no symptoms aside from a "mild sore throat" and that he is in self-quarantine.

It is unclear whether he will be able to participate in the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.

BigHit Music said Jungkook tested negative on a PCR test before he left South Korea on Sunday and "felt a slight discomfort in his throat" after he arrived in Las Vegas that afternoon. He "promptly" took a rapid molecular PCR test and a standard quantitative PCR test that day.

"While being under self-quarantine as a proactive measure, the result of both tests came back positive, and Jung Kook was confirmed with Covid-19 on Monday, March 28," the statement continued.

"Jung Kook has been currently under self-quarantine and treatment, following the guidelines of the health authorities in the United States. He is not exhibiting any symptoms other than a mild sore throat, and we will attentively monitor his health during the quarantine."

In an Instagram story posted early Tuesday, Jungkook re assured fans in Korean that he was fine.

Jungkook is the seventh and last member of BTS to have tested positive for Covid since December. Last week, BigHit Music announced that BTS member J-Hope had tested positive for Covid and was self-isolating with "no symptoms other than a sore throat."

The company added that it is "actively in discussion with the [Grammy] awards organizer" over Jungkook's participation in BTS' performance. His participation in other BTS events in the U.S., such as the two-weekend April concert series in Las Vegas, "will be determined by the local regulations on Covid-19."

"We will also continue to fully cooperate with the requests and guidelines of healthcare authorities," BigHit Music said.