K-pop group ENHYPEN has to put a hold on all promotion and scheduled appearances after five of its members — Jungwon, Heeseung, Jay, Jake and Sunghoon — have tested positive for COVID-19, label Belift Lab confirmed in a statement to Billboard.
According to Belift Lab, a member from one of the group’s production sites was COVID-19 positive. In an abundance of caution, ENHYPEN entered self-quarantine on Thursday (Aug. 26) and was later required by government officials to stay in isolation due to the level of contact they had with the production member.
Jake was the first member of ENHYPEN to experience COVID-19 symptoms — including cough and fever — on Aug. 29. After getting in touch with government officials and taking a PCR test, he tested positive for COVID-19 the next morning, the label said. Jungwon, Heeseung, Sunghoon and Jay all began experiencing symptoms on Monday as well; PCR tests later confirmed that they, too, were also positive for COVID-19. Belift Lab hasn’t commented on Sunoo or Ni-Ki’s conditions.
“We apologize for causing concern to all fans by being unable to prevent the occurrence of this series of infections despite our effort to ensure that precautions were in place on site,” Belift said in their statement. “Our company will provide full support for the rapid recovery of the members, placing the health and safety of our artists as our priority. In addition, we will continue to cooperate fully with requests and instructions from government health authorities.”
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