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Taiwan maintains level 2 warning for Seoul

Taiwan maintains level 2 warning for Seoul

Taipei, June 9 (CNA) Taiwan on Tuesday maintained its level 2 warning for travel to Seoul, which is battling the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said. A level 1 warning remains in place for the rest of South Korea, the CDC said. CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw (???) said that if an outbreak of community infection occurs in South Korea, Taiwan may raise its travel advisory to the highest level 3 warning. To date, 95 confirmed MERS cases have been reported in South Korea, with seven deaths. South Korean authorities have raised their response level to the outbreak to "serious," the highest level on its four-tier system. Many Taiwanese tourists have canceled plans to travel to South Korea, but according to at least one travel agent, 90 percent of them are opting for tours to Japan and Southeast Asia rather than abandoning their travel plans.
Also Tuesday, a South Korean tourist who came down with a fever was ruled out as a MERS case, the Renai Branch of Taipei City Hospital said. The 35-year-old man from Seoul was on a five-day visit in Taiwan with his wife and daughter. He sought medical attention at the hospital Tuesday morning and was diagnosed with a 39 degree Celsius fever and sore throat, but did not have a cough, the hospital said. The man had not been to any hospitals in South Korea over the past two weeks or come in contact with any MERS patients. Also, his lungs sounded clean and did not have any pneumonia symptoms, the hospital said. (By Chen Ching-fang, Esme Chiang, Huang Li-yun and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-22 19:23 GMT+08:00