Actress Ye Ji Won Tests Positive For COVID-19

Actress Ye Ji Won has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

On November 28, KBS’s upcoming drama “Taejong Yi Bang Won” released a statement announcing that cast member Ye Ji Won had crossed paths with a COVID-19 case during one of her other scheduled events and had not crossed paths with any of the drama cast and crew afterward.

The statement reads:

On November 27, actress Ye Ji Won from KBS 1TV’s new epic sageuk “Taejong Yi Bang Won” tested positive for COVID-19. It is believed that she was infected after coming into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case during one of her other scheduled events on November 24. The cast and crew of “Taejong Yi Bang Won” did not cross paths with Ye Ji Won after her filming on November 23.

Ye Ji Won has canceled her entire work schedule and is in self-quarantine. From November 27, we have been proceeding with filming as scheduled, minus the scenes with Ye Ji Won. She is expected to be released from self-quarantine in 10 days, around December 7.

The production staff have been working hard at preventing infection through regular PCR tests, fumigation, and temperature checks. We will continue to strengthen our infection prevention protocols and monitor the situation in detail to prevent issues from occurring.

We will do our best at COVID-19 prevention to protect the safety of our cast and crew and to ensure that no more positive cases occur. We apologize for causing concern.

“Taejong Yi Bang Won” is KBS’s first traditional epic sageuk (historical drama) since 2016. Traditional epic sageuk involves a large budget and cast, a long-running storyline, and depictions of real historical events and figures. “Taejong Yi Bang Won” will depict the events that led to the fall of the Goryeo Dynasty and the establishment of the Joseon Dynasty. Joo Sang Wook plays the titular role of King Taejong, third king of Joseon, born Prince Yi Bang Won. Ye Ji Won plays Queen Sindeok, the first queen of Joseon, wife of King Taejo (played by Kim Young Chul).

“Taejong Yi Bang Won” is set to premiere on December 11.

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