Dex, who wasn't even caught in India, tests positive for COVID-19.. From Oh Jung-se to Hyo-jung, resurgence in the entertainment industry
Recently, with the resurgence of COVID-19, the number of infections has been rapidly increasing, and the infection is also spreading again in the entertainment industry. Dex, a creator and broadcaster, tested positive for COVID-19, a disease he did not catch even while traveling to India for the show "Born to Travel the World 2."
On the 8th, a representative from Dex's side told OSEN, "Dex was diagnosed with COVID-19 while fulfilling his schedule in the U.S. He has been cleared after sufficient measures were taken locally and has returned home."
The representative further conveyed, "Although COVID-19 has been cured, Dex is experiencing aftereffects such as his voice not coming out properly. He plans to rest for a week."
Dex traveled to several regions in India with Gi-an84 and Ppabottle in May. There was no news of Dex being diagnosed with COVID-19 at that time, but he has been confirmed now. It appears that he has been infected as COVID-19 is resurging worldwide.
Dex will take a rest due to the aftereffects of COVID-19, but there will be no disruption to his broadcasts. Dex is appearing on MBC's "Born to Travel the World 2," JTBC's "Smiling Boss," and has a broadcast lined up for MBC Every1's "I'm Angry Now."
A representative from Dex's side explained, "'Born to Travel the World 2' has finished overseas filming and aired, and 'Smiling Boss' filming is also known to be finished. 'I'm Angry Now' also has no shooting scheduled this week. Fortunately, Dex's rest will not affect his shooting schedule."
Along with Dex, COVID-19 is spreading again in the entertainment industry. On the 30th of last month, actor Oh Jung-se, who appeared in the recently-ended drama "Evil Spirit," announced his COVID-19 diagnosis. His agency, PrainTPC, announced, "Oh Jung-se has been diagnosed with COVID-19."
Oh Jung-se had to postpone the "Evil Spirit" closing interview scheduled for the 31st of last month. His agency explained, "He was advised to self-quarantine for 5 days, but it was judged difficult to proceed with the interview due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 patients." Oh Jung-se completed self-quarantine on the 5th and managed his interview on the 4th.
Oh My Girl's Hyojung also received a COVID-19 diagnosis. WM Entertainment stated, "Member Hyojung tested positive for COVID-19 in a rapid antigen test conducted today (31st) due to mild cold symptoms."
The agency further explained, "Hyojung will follow the guidelines of the quarantine authorities and halt all schedules for 5 days, taking necessary measures and rest. The other members have all tested negative, and there are no special abnormal symptoms."
Hyojung was excluded from the scheduled activities during the quarantine recommendation period, and the other five members continued Oh My Girl's activities.
Singer Baek Yerin had to cancel her performance at Damrosch Park, the main outdoor venue at New York's Lincoln Center, for "K-Indie Music Night" on the 20th of last month after receiving a COVID-19 diagnosis. Baek Yerin said, "I wanted to show you a good performance, but I can't sing, so I can't go. I'm really sorry if you were waiting."
KISS OF LIFE member Natti was also diagnosed with COVID-19 last month. Radio activities were halted, and the other members managed the schedule without Natti.
COVID-19 had been quiet for a while. However, the number of confirmed cases has exceeded 60,000 in one day since the 2nd, and it's been increasing for six weeks. This is the situation after seven months since last January, and the entertainment industry also cannot be complacent. As the scale of the resurgence grows, the government has decided to postpone the announcement of its planned quarantine easing this week.