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Taiwan issues MERS travel alert for Seoul

Taiwan issues MERS travel alert for Seoul

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday issued a travel alert for the South Korean capital of Seoul as its outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) spun out of control.
By Tuesday morning, two people had died out of 25 infected with the virus in South Korea, while more than a thousand people faced quarantine. The symptoms of the acute respiratory illness include shortness of breath, coughing and fever, and the virus often results in death.
Taiwan’s CDC said that even though officially, all infections had occurred inside hospitals, the possibility existed that there had been infection on a larger level in the community.
Travelers to South Korea should take good care of their health and avoid visiting hospitals and clinics in Seoul, the CDC said. For the rest of South Korea, it was enough to remain watchful by taking the necessary precaution measures, according to the CDC.
Under Taiwan’s system, a level-one travel warning called on the public to be watchful, while a level-two warning amounted to an alert. The CDC said that for the time being, South Korea would remain at level one while only the situation in Seoul was being raised to level two.
The health authorities also cautioned medical workers and citizens to look out for people who had visited Seoul within 14 days before falling ill.
Six hospitals on Taiwan’s main island and three on the outlying islands were ready to receive MERS-CoV patients if needed, with a total of 134 beds available.
The CDC called on members of the public not to spread unfounded rumors. So far, not a single case of the virus had been discovered in Taiwan, the authorities said.


Updated : 2021-09-24 23:41 GMT+08:00