South Korea quarantines 2,300-plus people, closes 1,800 schools as deadly MERS epidemic spreads

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Jonathan Benson
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The latest disease outbreak to ravage international headlines has resulted in the quarantine of some 2,300 people and counting, according to reports. South Korea, in an effort to stem the spread of MERS, also known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, has decided to put some of its residents into isolation as well as shut down a number of schools in response to about 87 confirmed cases of the disease throughout the country.

More than 1,800 schools have already been shuttered, including 1,255 in the Gyeonggi province outside of Seoul. And more than 2,300 people suspected of coming into contact with MERS have been asked to put themselves into self-quarantine in order to contain the outbreak. Seoul’s mayor is also considering other measures that would force people suspected of having the disease to stay at home until being given the green light to leave by local authorities.

“We will deal strongly with anyone who escalates [an] unnecessary sense of public uneasiness,” stated Kang Shin-myun, Seoul’s chief of police, who admitted to the media that he’s ready to do what it takes to enforce quarantines on people suspected of having MERS.

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