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SEOUL, June 8 — South Korea recorded its sixth death and biggest single day jump in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) infections today, with 23 new cases in the largest outbreak of the potentially deadly virus outside Saudi Arabia.
From just four cases two weeks ago, the total number of infections now stands at 87, including six people who have died.
The latest fatality was a man in his 80s who had been diagnosed in Daejeon, 140 kilometres south of Seoul, and died in hospital this morning, local officials said.
The outbreak has triggered widespread public concern in South Korea, with 2,300 people placed under quarantine orders and nearly 1,900 schools — mostly in Seoul and surrounding Gyeonggi province — closed down.
SEJONG, June 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea confirmed another death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and reported eight new cases on Tuesday, raising the number of infections to 95.
South Korea's health ministry on Wednesday said two more people have died in its Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak and reported 13 new cases, bringing the total to 108.
The two deaths bring the number of fatalities to nine. All of those who died had been suffering serious ailments before they tested positive for the MERS virus, the ministry said.
The 13 new cases of infections were all traced to hospitals, according to the ministry.
SEOUL: South Korea's health ministry on Thursday reported 14 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, bringing the total to 122.
On Wednesday, the ministry reported two deaths from the MERS virus, bringing the number of fatalities to nine. All of those who died had been suffering serious ailments before they tested positive for the MERS virus, the ministry said.
The outbreak, the largest outside Saudi Arabia, has fuelled public anxiety and hit spending, with thousands in quarantine and the number of schools closing rising to 2,474, including 22 universities.
South Korea's Health Ministry reported on Friday four new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) bringing the total to 126, the world's largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia.
Ten people who tested positive for the MERS virus have died although all had serious pre-existing ailments.
South Korea's health ministry on Saturday reported 12 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), bringing the total to 138, and said a 14th person has died in the outbreak.
The 12 new cases, including an ambulance driver who transported a previous patient, follow just four more reported on the previous day, which had raised hopes that the outbreak might be slowing, although officials and experts predicted there would be more new cases.
South Korea's Health Ministry reported on Sunday seven new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), taking the total to 145 in an outbreak that the World Health Organization called "large and complex."
All of the cases are believed to be linked to hospital settings and traced to a businessman who had returned from a trip to the Middle East. There have been 14 deaths, all elderly patients or people who had been suffering serious ailments.
SEJONG, June 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported an additional death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Wednesday, with eight new cases that brought the total number of people diagnosed with the disease here to 162.
The latest fatality put the death toll at 20, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
The ministry said nearly 90 percent of those who died from MERS had existing health conditions, which were apparently worsened by the infection.
SEJONG, June 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported one more death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Saturday, bringing the country's death toll to 25.
A 63-year-old man -- who has had a history of heart disease and diabetes -- died in a hospital in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, where he had been quarantined after being infected with the MERS virus, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said adding that his death reduced the number of people diagnosed with the potentially deadly disease to 165.
A total of 175 people were exposed to Thailand's only case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the patient's condition has improved, the health ministry said on Saturday.
In a statement, the ministry said it had been in touch with all 175 and had instructed them to stay away from public spaces and for medical personnel to monitor their health.
South Korea reported one new case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, Saturday, bringing the country's total number of cases to 182, the largest number of cases outside Saudi Arabia.
The Health Ministry said no new fatalities have been reported, leaving the death toll from the virus at 31.