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(LEAD) K-pop singer Chungha tests positive for coronavirus

All News 17:59 December 07, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES with TWICE member's testing in paras 6-10; ADDS new photo)

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) -- Singer Chungha has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, her agency said Monday, as a huge wave of mass infections has been penetrating the K-pop industry.

"After being aware that she has come into contact with a COVID-19 patient, Chungha got tested and received the positive result Monday," MNH Entertainment said in an announcement posted on a fansite.

It said the singer has halted all schedules and gone into self-isolation, while her colleagues, staff members and other close contacts have been tested or will be tested soon.

Chungha, one of the most bankable female solo artists in the K-pop scene, was originally set to release the single "X" on Thursday before dropping her first full-length album "Querencia" next month.

"I'm so sorry again and again. I've tried to be cautious, but I think I needed to be more so," Chungha said in a posting. "I'll come back after fully recovering."

This file photo taken Oct. 15, 2020, shows K-pop singer Chungha. (Yonhap)

Meanwhile, Sana, a Japanese member of K-pop girl group TWICE, underwent a virus test after meeting with Chungha on Friday last week, her management said.

"Along with Sana, other TWICE members and staffers also got tested on Monday afternoon as a precaution," JYP Entertainment said.

Moreover, crew members and other K-pop singers are subject to COVID-19 tests as TWICE attended a pre-recording session and the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) ceremony in Seoul on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

"We've ordered people who came into contact with TWICE to self-quarantine and get tested," said Mnet, a cable music channel under the wing of entertainment giant CJ Group. "We've also notified agencies of artists who may have encountered a TWICE member at MAMA of the situation."

Many big-name K-pop musicians, including BTS, participated in the MAMA ceremony held on Sunday.

In this photo, provided by CJ ENM, K-pop girl group TWICE performs at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Seoul on Dec. 6, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

As South Korea has been struggling with mass COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, some K-pop singers, including members of UP10TION and EVERGLOW, have been confirmed to have the virus.

brk@yna.co.kr
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