South Korea reports two more deaths from Mers and one new case

South Korean medical workers wear protective gear at a separated clinic centre for Mers at Konkuk University Hospital in Seoul on June 24, 2015.
South Korean medical workers wear protective gear at a separated clinic centre for Mers at Konkuk University Hospital in Seoul on June 24, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Thursday reported two more deaths from its Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) outbreak and one more new case, bringing the total fatalities from the deadly virus to 29.

 

The two fatalities included a 65-year-old man who contracted the virus at a hospital at the central city of Daejon. He was diagnosed on June 6, the health ministry said.

The other was a 70-year-old woman who was a relative of another infected patient. She was diagnosed on June 22.  

Since the first patient was diagnosed on May 20, a total of 180 cases have been confirmed in the outbreak, the largest outside Saudi Arabia.  Of these cases, 29 have died, 74 have recovered and 77 are still being treated, including 15 who are in critical condition.

The number of people in quarantine meanwhile fell by more than a sixth from the previous day to 2,642.