HK issues 'red alert' against South Korea travel due to MERS

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 - 18:51

Hong Kong issued a "red alert" advisory today, against non-essential travel to South Korea, where eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome were reported, bringing the total to 95 with seven fatalities.


The number of new South Korean cases was a sharp drop from 23 on Monday but the number of schools closed grew to 2,208, including 20 universities.


Yesterday, Hong Kong upgraded its response to the outbreak in South Korea to "serious".


The World Health Organization began work on a joint mission with South Korean doctors and officials to review the country's response and analyze the virus.


The WHO has not recommended any curb on travel, but thousands of tourists have canceled plans to visit South Korea.

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