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ARMYs worldwide sent their well-wishes to BTS’ “Golden Maknae,” Jungkook. On March 29, this vocalist reassured fans that despite testing positive for COVID, he’s “doing well” and continuing to move around. 

BTS’ Jungkook tests positive for COVID-19

Jungkook of BTS performs onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast
Jungkook of BTS performs onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast | Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Just days ahead of BTS’ Grammy performance, the youngest member of this boy band tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). That’s the dancer and vocalist Jungkook. 

“We would like to provide you with some information on BTS member Jungkook being diagnosed with Covid-19,” a statement from BigHit Music read. “Jungkook was tested negative on a PCR test in Korea, and he departed for the United States on Sunday, March 27 (KST) in preparation for the Grammy Awards performance.” 

“After arriving in Las Vegas, he felt a slight discomfort in his throat and promptly took a rapid PCR test (COVID-19 molecular PCR test) and a standard PCR test (COVID-19 quantitative PCR test) on the afternoon of Sunday, March 27 (PT),” the statement continued. 

Jungkook is one of the last BTS members to get COVID. Jin, RM, and Suga tested positive in December 2021. In January 2022, Jimin underwent surgery for acute appendicitis in addition to testing positive. In February 2022, V got COVID-19. Less than a week before Jungkook was COVID positive, J-Hope also had the illness.

Jungkook reassured the BTS ARMY that he’s ‘doing well’

Jungkook has been self-quarantining since March 27 and remains in quarantine during his recovery period. On March 29, Jungkook took to his Instagram story, saying, “I’m ok, it’s nothing that big,” according to a fan translation. 

That same day, Jungkook posted a video to his Instagram account, playing music in the background and sitting next to the camera to talk to ARMYs. The post was mainly to update fans on his health, reassuring them that he’s doing ok.

“Everyone, I’m doing well,” Jungkook began, according to a fan translation. “So my body doesn’t feel heavy, I’m continuing to move around. I’m eating and lying, so I’m worried that I’m going to gain weight. Anyways, I’m taking care of myself, so don’t worry too much. Let’s meet soon.”

“Leggo,” he continued before getting up and dancing around the room. 

V commented on the video clip. According to Google’s translation, he wrote, “Look at that dance. I lost Corona. I couldn’t move to Jungkook.” That comment earned over 500 thousand likes from ARMYs, who also shared well wishes with Jungkook. 

Jungkook even became one of the top trending topics on Twitter, with fans hoping Jungkook has a speedy recovery. That’s especially true because of the upcoming Grammy Awards, where Jungkook and the rest of BTS are scheduled to perform. 


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Will BTS still perform at the 2022 Grammy Awards?

In addition to being nominated at this year’s Grammy Awards, BTS was slated to perform. They are scheduled to take the stage the same night as artists Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, and Billie Eilish. With Jungkook testing positive, though, it’s unclear if the K-pop group will make an appearance as a group of seven. 

They performed with six members in the past, especially when Suga underwent shoulder surgery and for his subsequent recovery period. Presumably, more information will be revealed in the coming days. The Grammys takes place on April 3, 2022.