According to a statement made by IST Entertainment on March 21 KST, Byungchan tested positive in a preemptive self-test earlier that day and was then sent to a medical center to have a PCR test. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 not long after. Byungchan is currently asymptomatic and adhering to quarantine rules. The agency has stated that any modifications to his schedule would be communicated to fans as soon as possible. After getting this news, he is resting and quarantining himself for others’ safety. They stated that they will help and support him to recover as soon as possible and to make a comeback.
As IST Entertainment know how much fans are concerned for him, they decided to release another statement too. That statement will be about his schedule. They also apologized to fans because of breaking this sad news. His fans are waiting for his updates, they shared their feelings on social media about how much they are concerned about him. They want him to recover as soon as possible and be back with his exciting vibes!
The Announcement by IST Entertainment
VICTON’s management company, IST Entertainment, issued the statement on March 21. They stated that VICTON member Byngchan had been diagnosed with Corona Virus. He has tested positive on the self-testing kit he preemptively used on March 20. After that, he was gone for PCR testing at a renowned hospital. Following that, they got the information that he is positive for Coronavirus, which was ultimately concerning. Due to this, only Byungchan started taking safety measures in order to control this disease. It was also told that he didn’t have any symptoms of coronavirus.
COVID Outbreak in the Kpop Industry
The new Covid-19 strain is still doing havoc on K-pop, with half of the members of Stray Kids, Verivery, Victon, and GHOST9 testing positive. Because the Omicron outbreak was deemed non-lethal, idols were forced to continue performing in crowded settings. In February, 120 idols received Covid-19 as a result of this. This number could double if South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, keeps his word and removes all social barriers.
In the third week of March alone, over 39 idols tested positive. In reality, the Covid-19 pandemic has begun to impede major occasions such as birthdays, debuts, comebacks, and participation in survival shows. Tempest, NMIXX, DAY6’s Wonpil, and Kep1er had to postpone their debuts due to the cancellation of Blackpink’s Rosé’s appearance at YSL’s Paris Fashion Week event. And now, six of the eight Stray Kids members correctly identified Covid-19 during the album’s release.
On March 18, Stray Kids released their sixth K-pop EP, ‘ODDINARY,’ and held their first music show. Changbin, unfortunately, was the first member to test positive on that day. It was quickly followed by the news that Han, Seungmin, Bang Chan, Lee Know, and Hyunjin had received Covid-19, as everyone was in close communication. On March 21, the most recent three members tested positive. They’ve had their third immunization dose and are showing no signs of illness.
Their Comeback Schedule
With ‘Chronograph,’ VICTON has been teasing their forthcoming return. The trilogy teaser and tracklist was released on January 1st and 2nd, according to the comeback plan. From January 4th to 13th, a concept teaser was released. On January 9th, a highlight medley was performed. Finally, on January 14th and 17th, the MV teasers were released.
The trailer for the trilogy gives us a backstory and narration on what to expect from this next return. It’s absolutely something to keep an eye on. We’re excited to see how the plot unfolds. There are three tunes on the tracklist, including ‘Chronograph,’ it’s English translation, and ‘Want Me.’ They came back on January 18th with a bang.
The Aesthetic “Chronograph” Music Video
VICTON has made a triumphant return! The boy group launched their new single album “Chronograph” on January 18 at 6 p.m. KST, accompanied with the music video for the title tune. The tune “Chronograph” features repetitive guitar and beautiful synth brass tones. Aden.K, INFX, Music Ha Eun, and Coach & Sendo collaborated on the lyrics with Hwang Yoo Bin, while the song was composed by Aden.K, INFX, Song Ha Eun, and Coach & Sendo. The music video has a new age, iridescent feel to it.