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New MERS deaths in South Korea

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 01:02

South Korea announces two more deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome bringing the total to nine. Paul Chapman reports.

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This tent is one of South Korea's latest weapons in the fight to contain a growing outbreak of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. The tent's been set up at Seoul National University Hospital especially to deal with suspected MERS patients. The plan is to stop them coming into contact with other patients at the hospital. On Wednesday two more deaths were announced bringing the total in South Korea to nine. Thirteen new cases have also been reported, all linked to hospitals according to the country's health ministry. On the same day South Korean officials said President Park Geun-hye's postponed a visit to the U.S. to supervise the handling of the outbreak. (SOUNDBITE)(Korean) KIM SUNG-WOO, SENIOR SECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENT FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS, SAYING: "To ensure people's safety and stop MERS transmission as early as possible, the president has decided to delay a U.S. visit scheduled for next week." Park was due to leave for the U.S. on Sunday. Her office says next week will be a watershed for the nation's response to the MERS outbreak.

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New MERS deaths in South Korea

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 01:02