The news that Lisa, a member of South Korean girl band Blackpink, has tested positive with coronavirus became hot news on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo as soon as it was published, making Chinese netizens concerned about the epidemic prevention measures overseas.
According to South Korean media and Blackpink’s company YG Entertainment, three other members including Jennie have undergone nucleic acid tests and suspended all activities, waiting at home for the results.
The related hashtag has been viewed more than 140 million times. Chinese netizens expressed hope that the star can recover soon and asked for more news about Lisa’s health status.
YG Entertainment has confirmed that BLACKPINK member Lisa tested positive for COVID-19.
“BLACKPINK Lisa has tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon,” the K-pop company shared in an official statement. “The other three members of the group were not considered to be in direct contact with her, but have already received PCR tests and are currently awaiting results.” The management agency added that all staff members who have been in recent contact were informed as soon as the rapper’s test results came out. “We will continue to prioritize our artists and staff members’ safety and health,” the message further read.
South Korea recently began to slowly lift travel restrictions for those fully vaccinated, allowing K-pop artists to fly overseas for work. Last month, Lisa was spotted flying out to Paris for Fashion Week, while her bandmate Jennie was seen in Los Angeles and Rosé in New York. Stay tuned for updates.