On August 1 KST, SM Entertainment released a statement through NCT's official Japan website, announcing that the three NCT members tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and while the week of quarantine has ended, they were tested again in preparation for the upcoming schedule and continued to test positive via PCR.
As a result, NCT 127 will be appearing at the event as six members (Taeil, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Jungwoo, and Haechan). Johnny, Jaehyun, and Mark will also be absent from the meet-and-greet related to NCT 127's 'NEO CITY: JAPAN - THE LINK' Blu-ray presales. The agency clarified that previously purchased tickets will not be refunded and asked fans for their understanding.
"To all of you who have been supporting NCT 127 as well as Johnny, Jaehyun, and Mark, we are very sorry for causing concern and inconveniencing you, thank you for your understanding," the agency added.