Health officials in South Korea have reported (computer translated) an increase of eight confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), including 1 death. This brings the totals to 95 cases, including the exported case from Korea to Mainland China, and seven deaths.
According to the health authority of Korea, the new cases are:
* Three patients of the emergency department of Samsung Medical Center;
* One patient of Asan Medical Center and a visitor of Yeouido St Mary’s Hospital. They had contact with a confirmed patient in the hospitals on May 26 and May 28 respectively;
* Two in-patients of Hallym University Medical Center. They had been admitted to the same ward with another confirmed patient from May 27 to 29; and
* One in-patient of Konyang University Hospital who had contact with a confirmed patient in the hospital.
Despite the large increases in cases in recent days, experts in South Korea suggest the outbreak may have peaked. The cases has been restricted to hospital-based patients and there no evidence of sustained transmission in the community.
To date, nearly 3,000 people have been placed in isolation and 2,200 schools closed in South Korea due to the virus outbreak.