BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, have cancelled concerts in Seoul amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Friday.
"We regret to announce that the BTS Map of the Soul Tour - Seoul concert, originally scheduled to be heald on 11, 12, 18 and 19 April, at Olympic Stadium, has been cancelled", Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement.
Bighit said Seoul Map of The Soul Tour concert which was scheduled on 4/11-12 & 4/18-19 has been cancelled due to the preventing the spread of COVID-19 (corona virus). The ticket fees will be refunded. @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/HAmk94KeNd— Soo Choi⁷💜 (@choi_bts2) February 28, 2020
South Korea has seen a sharp jump in the number of coronavirus cases. On Sunday, President Moon Jae raised the country's alert level to "grave" - the highest level possible - and urged health officials to take "unprecedented powerful measures and the government had to raise the level of the epidemiological threat alert from "orange" to "red" over the novel coronavirus spread in the country.
The outbreak is traced back to services at the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, namely to a woman who reportedly refused to be tested for coronavirus because she had never travelled to China before, but got infected and spread the disease among the parishioners of the church.