Sad news this morning, ARMY: BTS just announced that they are canceling the first leg of their Map Of The Soul Tour in Seoul, South Korea. The K-pop supergroup was supposed to kick-off the much-anticipated tour in Seoul with four performances at the Olympic Stadium: April 11, 12, 18, and 19. All of these concert dates are now canceled as released in a statement by Big Hit Entertainment via their Weverse app.
Big Hit stated the global threat of the COVID-19 outbreak as the reason why they are canceling four crucial performance dates. Big Hit wrote in their statement, "The current glocal coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made it impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak during the dates of the concert in April, alongside increasing uncertainty about the cross-border movement of concert staff and equipment."
"Please understand that this decision was made after extensive and careful consideration in order to cooperate with the government's measures on restricting public events as well as municipal advisories on the use of cultural and sports facilities," the company added.
BTS' Map Of The Soul Tour is slated to have a number of other international stops—USA, Canada, Japan, the UK, Germany, and Spain—and will close on September 1 and 2 in Tokyo, Japan.
South Korea recently made headlines when news broke that it is now the second country outside of China to have the most number of COVID-19 cases. South Korean celebrities like Park Seo Joon and Son Ye Jin have donated money to help the efforts in addressing the outbreak.
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