As South Korea struggles with the latest wave of Covid-19 infections, K-pop stars are falling prey to the virus. Members of K-pop groups BTOB and Treasure are the latest singers to have recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Treasure’s Doyoung and Jung-hwan tested positive for the virus on July 13 and 16. Doyoung reportedly discovered he had the virus after using an at-home Covid-19 test before a work-related event. This has become a common preventive measure in Korean entertainment, and is often the source of many positive tests. The other members of Treasure and their team are self-isolating as per the country’s guidelines. On July 17, BTOB’s Minhyuk tested positive after an initial negative test. He was self-quarantining after his vocal instructor tested positive, but started to experience symptoms. On July 10, Ateez’s San also reportedly received a positive test. The bestselling K-pop artists and groups of 2021 so far Earlier in the month, Noir’s Kim Min-hyuk tested positive. Several other K-pop idols were co-starring with him in a musical, including singer Baek A-yeon, who delayed her upcoming album’s release because of the connection. Several other singers have either tested positive or entered quarantine over the past month, including Infinite’s Kim Sung-kyu, and (G)I-dle’s Minnie. Brave Girls, Seventeen, Omega X, Loona and several other groups were forced to shift or cancel planned promotions of new releases because of the widespread impact of the virus on the industry in June and July. Thus far, most positive cases have proven asymptomatic and in other cases, the artists have fully recovered. Korean singer Seori on TXT collab and being inspired by Avril Lavigne This is far from the first time South Korea’s entertainment scene has faced outbreaks of Covid-19 and risked a potential industry cluster , but the latest cases come amid the country’s most intense surge in infections in some time. The latest infections follow previous cases among people in the K-pop industry in December and April. Beyond K-pop idols, several other entertainers and popular athletes have also contracted Covid-19. South Korea is reassessing its pandemic preventive measures daily. Last week, Seoul banned gyms from playing songs faster than 120 beats per minute in a bid to reduce the intensity of members’ breathing during exercise. K-pop group NCT 127 talk new album at anniversary fan-meet The recent spread of cases in South Korea has largely been among the youth population , as the country’s vaccine roll-out has been slow to include younger people.