South Korean president convenes emergency meeting on MERS

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Workers spray antiseptic solution on the arrival lobby amid rising public concerns over the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country’s first two deaths from MERS as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. (Shin Jun-hee/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT

South Korean President Park Geun-hye convened an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss measures to contain the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), that has already claimed the lives of two South Koreans.

“We are gathered here today because our government felt the need to make clear the various problems (regarding MERS) occurring these days, to find ways to handle the public’s anxiety and come up with countermeasures through this emergency meeting,” Park said. “We must prevent the disease from further dispersing so as to bring safety (to our nation).”

Park held the meeting with government officials including the South Korean Health and Welfare Minister Moon Hyung-pyo and other related civilian specialists.

They discussed the current situation concerning the MERS virus and reviewed the health ministry’s comprehensive plan to tackle the virus. The opinions of civilian experts in the field were also taken into consideration.

The meeting came as South Korean hospitals began setting up temporary quarantine zones within the hospitals on Wednesday to stop the further spread of MERS.

Meanwhile, the South Korean Health Ministry said the number of infected patients had risen to 30.

Compiled from Associate Press

  • Kim Dong-yung

    13 months ago the ferry sinked in Jindo.

    While the ferry was sinking, about 325 teenage students and 150 passengers was on board.

    If the captain, Lee jun-suk, had told them to escape immediately or had
    told them the true situation, then there would have not been so many
    victims.

    However, the captain hid
    the truth and didn’t mention it, then he escaped as you know. He has
    never been undrstood yet. How could he excape alone with the teenage
    students and passengers left?

    So, many people disappear with the tide into the deep and dark sea. The last words that the captain said is “stay there.”

    I am introducing the captain of Korea.

    She is the first capable women trusted in korea.
    But she turned out the worst.

    Now we got the mers(=Middle East Respiratory Syndrome).
    we have already got five deads and 3,000 infecteds in only 10 days after the patient zero.
    Furthermore it is spreadig right now chaotically. But we got no steps.

    We have so incompetent the government lead by her. And it was so
    terriblly spread. The first time it came the government did nothing.
    Still they do nothing.

  • Kim Dong-yung

    13 months ago the ferry sinked in Jindo.

    While the ferry was sinking, about 325 teenage students and 150 passengers was on board.

    If the captain, Lee jun-suk, had told them to escape immediately or had
    told them the true situation, then there would have not been so many
    victims.

    However, the captain hid
    the truth and didn’t mention it, then he escaped as you know. He has
    never been undrstood yet. How could he excape alone with the teenage
    students and passengers left?

    So, many people disappeared with the tide into the deep and dark sea. The last words that the captain said is “stay there.”

    I am introducing the captain of Korea.

    She is the first capable women trusted in korea.
    But she turned out the worst.

    Now we got the mers(=Middle East Respiratory Syndrome).
    we have already got five deads and 3,000 infecteds in only 20 days after the patient zero.
    However, the government hid the truth and didn’t mention it
    Now, it is spreadig chaotically. But we got no steps.

    We have so incompetent the government lead by her. And it was so
    terriblly spread. The first time it came the government did nothing.
    Still they do nothing.

  • Kim Dong-yung

    14 months ago the ferry sinked in Korea.

    While the ferry was sinking, about 325 teenage students and 150 passengers was on board.

    If the captain, Lee jun-suk, had told them to escape immediately or had
    told them the true situation, then there would have not been so many
    victims.

    However, the captain hid
    the truth and didn’t mention it, then he escaped as you know. He has
    never been undrstood yet. How could he excape alone with the teenage
    students and passengers left?

    So, many people disappeared with the tide into the deep and dark sea. The last words that the captain said is “stay there.”

    I am introducing the captain of Korea.

    She is the first capable women trusted in korea.
    But she turned out the worst.

    Now we got the mers(=Middle East Respiratory Syndrome).
    we have already got 25 victems including 3 deads, 600 suspecteds, and 1,700 in quarantinein in only 14 days after the patient zero.
    However, the government hid the truth and didn’t mention it
    Now, it is spreadig chaotically. But we got no steps.

    We have so incompetent the government lead by her. And it has
    terriblly spread. The first time it came the government did nothing.

    Today she did something to the opposite party Seoul mayor, as soon as he reveal the information.
    She just said, if the local government try to do something, it will make worse.

    That’s the only thing she did.

    But, Already worse than ever.