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COVID-19 SetBack: Taeil Sitting Out NCT 127’s Upcoming Dome Concert

by Victoria Marian Belmis / May 19, 2022 04:59 PM EDT

Just recently, SM Entertainment announced that NCT's Taeil tested positive for COVID-19. This happened while the K-Pop idol was self-isolating in Japan. 

READ: Worry Not NCTzens, NCT 127 Confirmed To Stream Tokyo Dome Concert Online

Notably, the other members of NCT 127 have all tested negative for COVID-19. Thus, the K-Pop boy group's quarantine requirements have been lifted. Due to his recent diagnosis, Taeil will not be joining NCT 127 and their upcoming concert at Nagoya's Valentin Dome on the 22nd of May.


SM Entertainment's announcement regarding NCT Taeil's status is as follows:

"We are informing you of the news that member Taeil will not be participating in the Valentin Dome Nagoya concert of NCT 127's second world tour "Neo City: Japan - The Link" that will be held on May 22.

In order to participate in his scheduled activities in Japan, Taeil underwent PCR testing [for COVID-19], and after testing negative, he departed Korea for Japan on May 15.

After arriving in Japan, he self-isolated for three days in accordance with the local COVID-19 regulations. On May 18, he underwent PCR testing again in order to shorten his quarantine period, and his test results came back positive.

Taeil previously received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and he is currently not exhibiting any particular symptoms. In accordance with local regulations, he is currently undergoing treatment in self-isolation.

All of the other NCT 127 members aside from Taeil have tested negative for COVID-19, and because they were not classified by Japanese health authorities as having come into close contact after May 16, their quarantine has been lifted.

Therefore, we ask for fans' generous understanding regarding the fact that the May 22 Valentin Dome concert in Nagoya will be held with only eight members: Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Jungwoo, Mark, and Haechan.

Our agency considers our artist's health and safety our top priority, and we will do our utmost so that he can focus entirely on his recovery.

Additionally, we will diligently comply with the requests and guidelines of government health authorities.

Thank you."

NCTzens are hoping that the NCT member will recover from COVID-19 soon.

Stay tuned for more news and updates regarding NCT and other K-Pop artists!

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