South Korea: PM declares 'de facto end' to Mers outbreak
July 28 , 2015
The South Korean government has declared a “de facto” end to the Middle East Respiratory Virus (Mers) outbreak, which has caused 36 deaths in the country and hit the economy.
Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said South Koreans can be “free from worry” as no new infections had been reported for 23 days. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet declared Mers as officially over in the country.
Hwang also apologized for the government’s response, which has been criticized as inadequate, and the “worries and discomfort” people had to experience.