MERS-CoV, South Korea, Cases (14 June 2015)
The case count had risen to 150, with 16 deaths (10.7%, although most of the infected cases are unlikely to have recovered) as of 14th June 2015. The majority of schools in South Korea that had been closed as a precautionary measure have re-opened yesterday. Samsung Medical Centre, from which close to 50% of all South Korean MERS-CoV infections have occurred, has essentially been closed with regards to new admissions and outpatients. The situation is similar to Tan Tock Seng Hospital during the 2003 SARS outbreak in Singapore, although – perhaps typical of South Korean culture – the Samsung Medical Centre president Prof Jae-Hoon Song had had to issue a public apology.
One ambulance ride ferrying an infected elderly woman to Samsung Medical Centre has been particularly risky, with two paramedics now confirmed to be infected as well. Still, all signs point to the South Korean outbreak ending soon, perhaps within another incubation period of the disease or two.