UPDATE: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, two more members of global sensation BTS have contracted the virus. On Dec. 25, the band's management company, Big Hit Music, confirmed both RM, 27, and Jin, 29, tested positive after returning to South Korea from the U.S. earlier this month. According to the company, RM and Jin received the second dose of their vaccine in August and both had initially tested negative when they arrived in South Korea.
The group's record label Big Hit Music shared the news in a message posted to the fan community platform Weverse on Friday, Dec. 24. The company said the 28-year-old artist took a PCR test upon returning to South Korea from the United States on Thursday, Dec. 23 and received the results while he was quarantining on Dec. 24. Big Hit Music noted Suga had no contact with his bandmates Jin, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook.
According to the statement, Suga had a number of personal engagements in the U.S. amid BTS' period of rest, which was announced on Dec. 6 as an opportunity for the artists "to get re-inspired and recharge with creative energy" and to "spend the holiday season with their families." The message said Suga took a PCR test before leaving the U.S., which came back negative.
Big Hit Music said Suga completed his second round of the COVID-19 vaccine in late August, making his coronavirus case a breakthrough one, and that he has not shown any symptoms as of Dec. 24. The organization said Suga is practicing self-care at home in accordance with the guidelines of healthcare authorities.
"The company places the artists' health as our top priority, and we will do everything we can to aid Suga in his speedy recovery," the statement read. "We will also diligently cooperate with the requests and guidelines of the healthcare authorities."
This story was originally published on Friday, December 24, 2021 at 2 p.m. PT.