Beatbox group NCT DREAM were hit by sudden news and have halted their comeback promotions this week. Members Chenle and Jeno tested positive for COVID on the evening of June 2 KST, stated SM Entertainment.
With the two members undergoing quarantine, the agency has decided to postpone scheduled activities instead of continuing without them.
The statement detailed that all activities, including but not limited to fan signs, music show performances, and radio show appearances, has been canceled. It also stated that the members had completed three doses of the vaccine.
The seven-member act made their comeback with their repackaged album, Beatbox, three days ago on May 30.
NCT DREAM’s Beatbox promotions were put on hold
Chenle and Jeno testing COVID positive on the evening of June 2 led to NCT DREAM's unanimous decision to cancel their comeback promotions. SM Entertainment updated fans about the changes in the schedule with a notice on the fan community, Lysn.
The company stated that Jeno felt sick before the scheduled fan call event despite receiving a negative on a self-tested COVID kit this morning. However, he received a positive result on a new self-test kit. He then took a rapid antigen test which returned the same result.
An excerpt from the statement reads:
“While the self-test kit Jeno took this morning before his scheduled activities came back negative, he wasn’t feeling well ahead of their scheduled video call fan signing and received a positive test after taking a new self-test kit. He immediately completed a rapid antigen test and was officially diagnosed with COVID-19.”
The remaining NCT DREAM members also took rapid antigen tests, and only Chenle tested positive.
Both the members are currently under self-quarantine and comply with the rules of health authorities. All scheduled activities for the group have been canceled for this week. These include fan signing events, music show promotions, and radio appearances.
NCT DREAM made their comeback with their repackaged album Beatbox with a title track of the same name on May 30. The music video for the main track currently sits at 37.9 million views. The group could only perform live on MCountdown before halting their activities.
Despite the album garnering a lot of positive attention, fans will have to wait for some time before the group returns with their promotions.
Fans send in wishes for Chenle and Jeno's quick recovery
Since the announcement, NCT DREAM fans have been sending heart-warming messages, and quick recovery wishes to Chenle and Jeno. They commented that they do not mind waiting for them as long as they return healthy.
Meanwhile, more and more K-pop idols have been testing positive for COVID recently. Four members of TWICE, Nayeon, Momo, Tzuyu, and Mina, ONEUS’ Ravn and Keonhee, and Oh My Girl’s Seunghee contracted the virus in May.