Since the latest MERS update came out 12 hours ago we've learned of the 10th fatality of this outbreak, some specifics regarding some of the patients recently reported, and of steps taken by the Korean government to lessen the economic impact of this crisis.
First stop, the decision by the Korean Central Bank to cut key interest rates to help bolster their flagging economy.
CNN reports this morning that a statement from the bank lowers interest rates a quarter point (to 1.5%) due to "concerns following the MERS outbreak about contractions in domestic demand activities such as consumption and in economic sentiment."
The Korean CDC reports three patients recovered, while a 10th patient has died in the following statement:
□ Department of Health and Human Services ' central Homers management task force " is 6 month 11 days ( neck ), MER of the party's confirmed three people were discharged an additional 1 deaths were announced .
○ discharge a patient is 7 times the patient ( female , 28 years old , 5 th discharged parties ), 37 times the patient ( male , 45 years old , 6 th discharged parties ), 13 times the patient ( male , 49 years old , 7 th discharged parties ) to 2 tests in order to appear as a negative 6 month 11 days ( neck ) Discharge was .* Discharge : 2 times (6.5), 5 times (6.8), 18 times (6.9), 34 times (6.10), 7 times (6.11), 37 times (6.11), 13 times (6.11)
The deceased (Pt #83 65 Male), like most of the other 9 fatalities, suffered from serious co-morbidities (in this case, lung cancer). MERS is well known for taking a heavy toll among those with chronic illnesses.
This morning Reuters is reporting that patient #14, who appears to have started the large nosocomial outbreak at Samsung Medical Hospital, was kept for more than 2 days in the Emergency room while waiting for a bed - providing ample opportunities to pass on the virus.
Of particular concern was a male policeman who was actually released after he tested negative for MERS on June 3. He was readmitted on June 5 after his conditions worsened, and a re-test on Tuesday finally confirmed that he had the disease.
His case raises the possibility of the MERS being exposed to the general public depending on when he caught the virus. As of now, all infections are thought to have occurred within hospital walls, according to the government.
Lastly, CNN reports this morning that Korean officials have announced a `Safe Hospitals' program to instill faith in the population that it is no longer risky to go to the hospital.
At a briefing Thursday, South Korean hospitals would implement a "safe hospitals" program to separate suspected MERS patients from other patients.
Health minister Moon Hyung-pyo said all "general level" hospitals would cooperate with the scheme, by treating patients with symptoms similar to MERS in separate facilities.
According to the Korean Herald, we should see a list of `safe hospitals' released later today.
Updated : 2015-06-11 15:28
The South Korean governments said Thursday it will start to release a list of hospitals considered safe from Middle East respiratory syndrome infection, such as those that operate separate treatment facilities.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said that it has decided to compile the list after consultation with the Korean Medical Association, Korean Hospital Association and heads of major hospitals.
The hospitals designated as safe will be those that treat patients with various respiratory diseases with symptoms similar to MERS in separate facilities and also provide one-bedroom wards for patients suspected of pneumonia.