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S. Korea reports no additional deaths from MERS, no new cases

2015/06/20 09:25

SEJONG, June 20 (Yonhap) -- No additional deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or new infections have been filed overnight, the government said Saturday, possibly indicating the outbreak here may be nearing an end.

The number of people diagnosed with the potentially deadly disease remained unchanged from the previous day at 166, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

On Friday, the number of MERS patient had increased only by one, prompting a careful outlook of the end of the outbreak from ministry officials.

The small increase in the number of MERS patients "leads us to believe the spread of the disease is now on the decline," an official from the ministry's emergency control center said earlier.

As of Saturday, the country's death toll from MERS remained at 24, also unchanged from the previous day.

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