South Korea reports first MERS death after eight days

Number of coronavirus victims reaches 35 in South Korea, but there have been no new cases in three days

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

South Korea reported one more death due to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Wednesday, its first fatality in eight days.  

The announcement came following eight days of relative relief in the country which is hit by the worst wave of the virus outside of the Middle East, where the respiratory disease were originated.

MERS has claimed 35 lives in South Korea with the latest fatality, but health officials say the spread of the virus has been slowed down and no new infections have been recorded in the last three days.

South Korea has 186 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which there is still no vaccine or cure for, with 119 patients being later discharged from hospitals after full recoveries.

32 others, including eight in critical condition, are still undergoing treatment and 811 people have been quarantined over MERS fears in the country.

MERS is a coronaviruses from the same family as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which first emerged in 2012.

The virus does not spread from human to human easily but its fatality rate is much higher than that of SARS, with 38 percent of those infected dying, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures.

TRTWorld and agencies