Politician says Russia vs Mexico football game will be interesting to watchSport June 23, 21:11
Kyrgyz president sees revival of relations with Russia as major result of his tenureWorld June 23, 20:49
Ex-premier says initiative to impeach Poroshenko stems from Ukraine’s economy collapseWorld June 23, 20:20
This week in photos: Confederations Cup opening and summer solstice celebrationsSociety & Culture June 23, 19:11
Turkish ambassador to Russia: Moscow and Ankara to join efforts in war on terrorWorld June 23, 18:45
Ukraine’s finance ministry files appeal to London Court against Russia in $3 bln debt caseBusiness & Economy June 23, 18:42
Ukrainian society tired of Poroshenko’s policy — expertRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 23, 17:58
Deutsche Welle sees Russian international broadcasters as threat to European ideasWorld June 23, 17:34
Watchdog claims Telegram provides means of communication to terroristsBusiness & Economy June 23, 16:45
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.