Seventeen’s Wonwoo Tests Positive for COVID-19

On Feb. 12, Pledis Entertainment announced that Wonwoo of the K-pop group Seventeen recently tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The label let fans know that Hoshi is the only other member of Seventeen who came in contact with Wonwoo recently. As a result, both Wonwoo and Hoshi will “not be taking part” in the band’s “activities for the time being.”

Wonwoo of the K-pop group Seventeen attends the band's media showcase for 'Attaca'
Wonwoo of Seventeen | The Chosunilbo JNS/Imazins via Getty Images

Seventeen’s Wonwoo has ‘a sore throat and mild fever’

Pledis Entertainment released a statement on Twitter on Feb. 12. In the statement, the company let Carat know that Wonwoo tested positive for the coronavirus and currently has “a sore throat and mild fever.”

The beginning of Pledis Entertainment’s statement reads:

“Hello. This is PLEDIS Entertainment.

We would like to provide you with some information on SEVENTEEN member WONWOO being diagnosed with COVID-19 as well as adjustments in his activities.

WONWOO was tested positive on the self-test kit after experiencing a sore throat and a mild fever on Friday, February 11. He promptly took a PCR test and was confirmed with COVID-19 on the morning of Saturday, February 12. WONWOO is currently not exhibiting any extraordinary symptoms other than a sore throat and mild fever and is administering self-treatment at home.”

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Hoshi of Seventeen recently saw Wonwoo

Seventeen has 13 members: S.Coups, Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Hoshi, Wonwoo, Woozi, DK, Mingyu, The8, Seungkwan, Vernon, and Dino.

According to Pledis Entertainment, Hoshi is the only other member of the band who was recently around Wonwoo in person.

“HOSHI, who came in contact with WONWOO on Wednesday, the 9th, took both a self-test kit and rapid antigen test which both came back as negative. He also preemptively took a PCR test to ensure the safety of others and is currently waiting for the result,” Pledis Entertainment wrote in the statement.

To be safe, the other members of Seventeen were tested for the coronavirus and tested negative.

“As it was during the artists’ period of rest, all SEVENTEEN members other than HOSHI had not come in contact with WONWOO and were staying at their parent’s house. All other SEVENTEEN members preemptively underwent self-testing, which all came back as negative and none of them are presenting any symptoms,” wrote Pledis Entertainment.

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Wonwoo and Hoshi will take a break from group ‘activities’

Going forward, both Wonwoo and Hoshi will not participate in Seventeen’s “activities” for the foreseeable future.

Pledis Entertainment concluded the statement with:

“Therefore, both WONWOO and HOSHI will not be taking part in the SEVENTEEN 9th Mini Album 「Attacca」 Release Online Event today and the following activities for the time being. We will provide you with updates on their future activities.

We will continue to provide support for the rapid recovery of WONWOO, placing our highest priority on the health and safety of our artists. We will also continue to fully cooperate with the requests and guidelines of healthcare authorities.

Thank you.”

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