Ministry reports US spy agencies' latest attempt to recruit Russian worker was on Jan 14Russian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 21:57
Austria’s president-elect says he is ready to maintain good relations with RussiaWorld January 18, 21:50
Putin briefs Merkel, Hollande on steps to implement Syrian ceasefireRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 20:39
Putin, Merkel, Hollande agree to give fresh impetus to Normandy Four activitiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 20:26
Russian Eurobonds may be floated in spring 2017 — finance ministerBusiness & Economy January 18, 19:48
Russia, Turkey report 14 ceasefire breaches in Syria per dayWorld January 18, 19:17
Analyst believes removal of sanctions can be political bargaining chip with RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 18:45
Arctic Forum’s task is to change perception of region as source of raw material — officialBusiness & Economy January 18, 18:28
OPEC revises Russia’s oil production outlook downward by 110,000 bpd in 2017Business & Economy January 18, 18:20
MOSCOW, July 22. /TASS/. Russian tourists are not rushing to travel to South Korea's resorts despite reports that an outbreak of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been contained, Russia's Travel Industry Union (RST) said on Tuesday.
With no new cases recorded in South Korea over the past two weeks, hopes are high the virus there has been contained.
South Korea's MERS outbreak was the largest outside Saudi Arabia, with 36 deaths and 186 people infected. It was traced to a South Korean man who returned from a business trip to the Middle East in May.
The country’s health ministry said last week there were also no more deaths, with just 150 people remaining in quarantine for possible infection. If no new cases are registered within two weeks, Seoul will declare the end of the outbreak, the ministry said.
"Although the South Korean authorities declare that the virus has been contained, the end of the outbreak has not yet helped South Korea to win back tourists," RST spokeswoman Irina Tyurina told TASS, citing Russian tour operators' data.
Tyurina said demand for tours to South Korea had fallen by nearly 60% year-on-year in June and July, adding that only business tourism remained "more or less stable".
MERS is a viral respiratory infection caused by the newly identified MERS-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and since then has spread to several other countries — Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France — the total of 23 countries, where over 1,100 cases of infected patients have been registered, of which 40% had lethal outcomes. In confirmed cases of infection, South Korea now follows Saudi Arabia, where healthcare authorities report over 1,000 cases since 2012.
Most MERS-CoV patients develop severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, coughing, and breathing problems. About 3-4 out of every 10 MERS patients die. MERS-CoV is transmitted through direct contact.