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Korean National Ballet dancer who broke quarantine has been fired

A dancer at the Korean National Ballet (KNB) has been fired for traveling to Japan during a self-quarantine period amid the spread of coronavirus, the KNB said Tuesday.

The decision about the dancer, identified only as Na, was made during a disciplinary committee meeting the previous day.

Na, a member of the corps de ballet, the group of non-soloist dancers, went to Japan in late February and uploaded photos of him alongside his girlfriend on social media.

All members of the KNB were under self-quarantine from Feb. 24-March 1 after performing in virus-stricken Daegu, where a majority of Covid-19 infections were reported at that time.

“We are reflecting on our conduct in the time of emergency as the whole country is struggling with Covid-19,” the KNB said. “We will overhaul the organization and beef up the discipline of our members.”

The KNB also punished two other members for engaging in private lessons during the self-quarantine period.

The company has canceled its scheduled performances in March due to the nationwide efforts to combat the virus.

Korea has reported more than 8,000 confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak on Jan. 20.

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