2 HK press quarantined for MERS after leaving Korea
Two Hong Kong journalists who just returned from a news coverage mission in South Korea have been quarantined for fear of contracting the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), according to a report on the Apple Daily’s website Sunday.
The report said one of the two reporters, who covered the MERS outbreak outside of Pyongtaek St. Mary’s Hospital south of Seoul, South Korea, had a slight fever upon arrival at Hong Kong’s airport.
The two, who wore masks while covering news near the hospital, which is at the center of the current MERS outbreak in South Korea, were sent to Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong for virus tests, said the report.
As of now, no cases of human infection of MERS have been reported in Hog Kong.
In South Korea, according to Yonghap News Agency, the country’s health authorities have ordered isolation of 2,361 people on suspicion of getting infected by the MERS coronavirus, of whom 560 have been released from quarantine.
A total of 64 MERS cases have been confirmed in the Northeast Asian country, leading to five deaths, according to Yonhap.