On May 17, KQ Entertainment shared an official statement with fans. Upon the group’s return to South Korea after wrapping up the European leg of their world tour, Hongjoong tested positive. He had taken a routine PCR test as the standard procedure to re-enter the country.
You can read KQ Entertainment’s full English statement below!
This is KQ Entertainment.
This is to inform [you] that member Hongjoong has been notified of asymptomatic confirmation of COVID-19.
ATEEZ recently returned to Korea from Amsterdam, which is the last city of the European arena tour, after confirming negative results for COVID-19 by PCR test before departure.
After arriving in Korea on the 16th, a PCR test was conducted according to the quarantine procedure, and member Hongjoong tested positive on the 17th. Hongjoong does not currently have any special symptoms, but started quarantine and home treatment, and the other 7 members all tested negative.
All ATEEZ members, including Hongjoong, have completed their 3rd dose of vaccines. Also, we would like to inform you that Hongjoong had contact with the members, but they were all wearing masks on their return to Korea on the 16th.
Therefore, Hongjoong temporarily suspended all schedules, and Seonghwa, Yunho, Yeosang, San, Mingi, Wooyoung, and Jongho are maintaining their health and proceeding with their schedules.
We will do our best for Hongjoong to recover quickly.
Wishing Hongjoong a speedy recovery!