S. Korea re­ports three new MERS cases, bring­ing to­tal num­ber to 169

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

South Korea re­ported three new cases of MERS Sun­day as health author­i­ties re­mained vig­i­lant about the spread of the virus, which ap­peared to have slowed in re­cent days.

Two med­i­cal work­ers are among those newly di­ag­nosed with Mid­dle East Res­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of those in­fected to 169, the health min­istry said.

The num­ber of deaths

re- mained un­changed said.

The two med­i­cal staff in­clude a doc­tor who treated a MERS pa­tient at Sam­sung Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Seoul, seen as the epi­cen­ter of the out­break, where more than 80 were in­fected.

Another was a med­i­cal worker who took X-rays of a MERS pa­tient in another hos­pi­tal in Seoul.

A to­tal of 43 peo­ple have so far re­cov­ered and have been

at

25,

it re­leased from hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing seven be­tween Fri­day and Satur­day, the min­istry said.

Four­teen pa­tients are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, it added.

The latest num­bers came a day af­ter South Korea re­ported no new cases, rais­ing guarded hopes that Seoul was win­ning the bat­tle to con­tain the virus.

The num­ber of new pa­tients had been fall­ing for three straight days from eight on Tues­day to none on Satur­day.

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