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