Lalisa Manoban, a global megastar who plays Lisa in K-pop group Blackpink, tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, her production company said.
The other members of Blackpink, a group of four women whose fame and commercial success traveled far beyond South Korea, were not listed as close contacts but were awaiting the results of a PCR test, said production company YG Entertainment said in a statement sent to Korean news agencies.
As of Wednesday morning, Ms. Manoban, 24, had yet to address her nearly 68 million Instagram followers about the positive test.
Thai-born singer and rapper, Ms. Manoban is one of K-pop’s most acclaimed faces, with legions of fans. She is part of the world’s most popular all-female K-pop group; five of Blackpink’s videos have been viewed over a billion times on YouTube, including 1.7 billion views for “DDU-DU DDU-DU”.
Ms. Manoban’s first solo album, “Lalisa,” was released on September 10; her debut single, “LALISA”, set a YouTube record for the most viewed music video by a solo artist in 24 hours with 73.6 million views, dethroning “ME!” by Taylor Swift. in 2019.
With strict limits on international travel and consistent masking, South Korea has been one of the best performing countries in the world at limiting coronavirus outbreaks, reporting around 3,300 deaths in total. Cases reached record levels in the past two weeks, reaching a new high of 4,116 new cases on Tuesday, but they remained relatively low compared to much of the world: currently six daily cases per 100,000 people, compared with 29 in the United States. United States, 35 in Singapore and 158 in Austria.