BTS ask fans to avoid their shows over coronavirus fears

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Pop group BTS have asked fans to stay away from their upcoming shows to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The South Korean band are due to film several TV shows in Seoul this week, marking the release of their latest album, Map Of The Soul: 7.

In an email to fan club members, they said the shows would go ahead, but without a studio audience.

Earlier on Monday, the band streamed a press conference from a virtually empty hall due to fears over the virus.

“Health is always on our minds these days, and our messages of facing your inner self and loving yourself are ultimately only possible when you’re healthy,” said singer Jimin,

“Especially since it is very risky outside these days. I hope you take care of yourself”.

The band continued to answer pre-selected questions from journalists at the event, which took place in Seoul.

“We have decided to fully co-operate with the government’s policy to refrain from holding events with a massive number of participants in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” said BTS’s management in a statement.

“We would like to advise fans to refrain from visiting the venue of the press conference for your own safety, and ask you to support BTS by watching the press conference via livestreaming.”

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