Earlier today (Monday, 18th May), Korean news outlet Dispatch claimed that BTS’s Jungkook, SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu, NCT’s Jaehyun, and ASTRO’s Cha Eunwoo had spent a night out in Itaewon where a new Covid-19 cluster emerged recently.
According to the exclusive report, back on 25th April, the 4 idol friends visited a few places at the aforementioned location together, the same day that the Korean Center for Disease Control (KCDC) released their statement calling for people to practise social distancing.
Based on the photo above, the idols first had a meal session at a local restaurant (labelled A) before visiting “2 other entertainment facilities in Itaewon” (B and C). As requested by KCDC, those who have visited the district must undergo self-quarantine for 2 weeks until 10th May, regardless of being tested negative or positive for Covid-19.
Following Dispatch’s report, the home labels of each idol have already released official statements to address the issue. The agencies also assured everyone that the boys have all tested negative for Covid-19. This list is arranged according to the idols’ respective companies:
1. Jungkook – Big Hit Entertainment
As stated by the entertainment company, Jungkook had already underwent screening for Covid-19 and tested negative. They further shared that he showed no symptoms of being infected by the virus. The 23-year-old had no official schedules at the time.
2. Mingyu – Pledis Entertainment
Similar with Jungkook’s case, Mingyu had no official appointments during the period he had to undergo self-isolation.
3. Cha Eunwoo – Fantagio Entertainment
According to Dispatch, Cha Eunwoo – who had just made his music comeback with ASTRO – continued to make his scheduled appearance with his teammates for various shows namely “Cultwo Show and “Hidden Track” on 7th May. He also performed on the 8th May episode of “Music Bank”.
4. Jaehyun – SM Entertainment
As for the NCT member’s case, the outlet reported that he continued his stint as the MC for the weekly music programme “Inkigayo” for the 26th April, 3rd May, and 10th May episodes. Thus, it is believed that Jaehyun had failed to follow the rule requested by safety department.
To sum it up, all of the idols are currently reflecting on their mistakes on not practicing social distancing.