Pop star Justin Bieber tests positive for Covid-19

Justin Bieber has yet to personally comment on his diagnosis. PHOTO: REUTERS

LAS VEGAS (NYTIMES) - Canadian singer Justin Bieber has tested positive for the coronavirus, one day after he began his world tour in San Diego on Friday, a representative for Bieber confirmed Sunday (Feb 20).

A show in Las Vegas that was scheduled for that day has been postponed to June 28, according to a statement on social media.

"Justin is of course hugely disappointed, but the health and safety of his crew and fans is always his No. 1 priority," the statement said.

A representative for the 27-year-old singer declined to comment on whether other members of the tour have also tested positive for the coronavirus, but the statement about his performance Sunday being rescheduled did start off by saying it was because of a coronavirus outbreak within "the team."

Bieber has yet to personally comment on his diagnosis, but an Instagram post by his manager, Scooter Braun, said that he is "recovering from Covid".

Bieber's tour, called Justice in Action, had been previously delayed because of the pandemic.

During the tour, he has planned to perform in dozens of countries over 13 months. The singer is aiming to raise awareness about several issues, including criminal justice reform and climate change.

Fans who engage with organisations he is supporting can earn reward points that can be redeemed for prizes like tour merchandise and a trip to meet Bieber in Paris.

His next show is scheduled for Thursday (Feb 24) in Los Angeles. That would just meet the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for isolating for five days after a positive coronavirus test.

The Omicron wave is breaking in the US, but deaths have surpassed the numbers from the Delta wave and are still increasing in much of the country.

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