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41 Schools Close Amid First MERS Death in Busan

A number of kindergartens and schools in Busan are set for closure today amid the recent death of the first confirmed MERS patient in the city.

A total of 41 schools – 25 kindergartens, 11 elementary schools, and five middle school in Suyeong and Haeundae district – have decided to close temporarily.

The Busan Metropolitan City Office of Education ordered all schools in Busan to disinfect their campuses yesterday, and has called for all schools to check the temperatures of all the staff members and students entering the buildings.

A 60-year-old man, identified by his surname Park, who was confirmed to be the first MERS patient in Busan on June 7 died yesterday afternoon. 

A public health official stated that although Park was undergoing treatment, his lungs have gotten weaker, which eventually caused him to die.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also confirmed the second MERS patient in Busan, a 31-year-old man, identified by his surname Lee.

Lee is the 143rd patient in South Korea to test positive for MERS and is currently being treated at Dong-A University Hospital.

Source: Busan eFM News


 

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