KINGDOM, LIGHTSUM, AleXa, Red Velvet’s Irene, And EPEX Test Negative For COVID-19
Several K-pop artists were recently tested for COVID-19 after potential exposure.
On July 8, KINGDOM’s agency stated that the boy group had recently crossed paths with a confirmed COVID-19 case during one of their events. Although KINGDOM was not classified as a close contact (and therefore not required to self-quarantine), all the members and their staff were preemptively tested for COVID-19 for safety’s sake. They put their activities on hold until the results of the test came back on July 9, and their agency confirmed that all their members and staff had tested negative. Therefore, KINGDOM will resume activities as normal.
On July 8, ZB Label announced that AleXa would not be performing on “M Countdown” as scheduled after a staff member on another artist team tested positive for COVID-19. AleXa and the ZB Label staff members were tested for COVID-19 and all 16 people received a negative result on July 9. Therefore, AleXa resumed promotions for her new song “Xtra” on “Music Bank.” ZB Label also revealed that their potential exposure had come when one of AleXa’s dancers crossed paths with one of girl group LIGHTSUM’s makeup artists backstage, who had tested positive for COVID-19.
LIGHTSUM had also been scheduled to perform on “M Countdown” on July 8, but after their makeup artist tested positive for COVID-19, the members were tested and went into self-quarantine. On July 9, Cube Entertainment confirmed that all the LIGHTSUM members and relevant staff members had tested negative for COVID-19. Although LIGHTSUM has not yet received notice from the disease control authorities about special measures to take, the group will remain in self-quarantine at their dorm for now.
EPEX was also supposed to perform on “M Countdown” but decided to get preemptively tested after LIGHTSUM’s staff member was diagnosed with COVID-19. On July 9, C9 Entertainment announced that EPEX had all tested negative and had not been classified as close contacts, meaning the group would resume their planned schedule. However, the agency added that some of their events might be adjusted for the new level of social distancing guidelines that are being imposed on the Seoul area as cases surge to their highest-ever numbers since the pandemic began.
On July 8, SM Entertainment confirmed to Wikitree that Red Velvet’s Irene had gotten preemptively tested for COVID-19. A day later, the agency confirmed to Top Star News, “She received the test as a precautionary measure and it came back negative.”