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CDC lifts travel warning to Seoul after 'de facto end' of MERS

CDC lifts travel warning to Seoul after 'de facto end' of MERS

Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday lifted its travel warning to Seoul after the South Korean government declared earlier in the day an end to the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people.
Those planning to go to South Korea, however, should still pay attention to their health condition, the CDC said after lifting the level 2 warning issued on June 2, which calls for a high degree of caution and protective measures when traveling there.
Before the outbreak, the CDC had maintained a level 1 travel warning for the South Korean capital, urging caution. The agency uses a three-tier warning system, with level 3 advising against travel to the destination. South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn said the number of people diagnosed with MERS has remained flat at 186 for the past 23 days, suggesting its "de facto end."
"After weighing various circumstances, the medical personnel and the government judge that the people can now be free from worry," Hwang said.
South Korea reported its first confirmed case of MERS on May 20, a 68-year-old male who visited Bahrain. No MERS cases have been seen in Taiwan. (By Lung Pei-ning and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-21 10:58 GMT+08:00