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President emphasizes release of MERS information
Jun 18, 2015
President Park Geun-hye highlighted on June 17 the importance of prompt responses and taking thorough measures in order to end the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). President Park was visiting the central headquarters for MERS countermeasures at the...

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Gov't announces MERS support for expats
Jun 17, 2015
The government has announced that it will provide support for non-Koreans in Korea who show possible symptoms of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). These measures include an extension of their length of stay and support for their emergency living expenses. In a...

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Gov't steps up efforts to control MERS hospitals
Jun 17, 2015
The central government has announced a plan to focus its support on the 13 hospitals that are housing MERS patients, including the Samsung Medical Center and the Pyeongtaek St. Mary's Hospital, on June 16. According to the MERS control headquarters, part of the Ministry of He...

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'Gwangju Universiade will be safe'
Jun 16, 2015
A comprehensive range of anti-terrorism exercises have been held across Gwangju as the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade approaches. An anti-terrorism team and a safety response team for the Gwangju Universiade held drills at the main stadium on June 16. The comprehensive e...

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Korea shares seed technology with Asia, Africa
Jun 16, 2015
Seed specialists from across Asia and Africa have gathered in Korea to learn about technologies that can distinguish new plant species. The Korea Seed and Variety Service (KSVS) hosted the "Plant Variety Protection and DUS Testing" workshop at its headquarters in Gimcheon...

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President Park stresses MERS impact to be minimal
Jun 16, 2015
President Park Geun-hye stressed that people and corporations should get back to normal as soon as possible during a meeting with chief secretaries at Cheong Wa Dae on June 15. President Park requested that ministers pay meticulous attention to people, regions and fields suff...

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MERS hotline expands services to 19 languages
Jun 16, 2015
The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced that it will expand the number of languages on its MERS hotline (109) to 19. The hotline was designed to provide official information about the epidemic for non-Korean speakers residing in Korea or elsewhere. The ministry began run...

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‘Korea is safe. You are safe to travel and to go shoppi...
Jun 15, 2015
Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Chong and other government officials explain the Korean government’s policy measures to handle the MERS virus on June 15 in Seoul. “Korea is safe. You can enjoy your daily routine, traveling and going shopping, too.” ...

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Gov't provides MERS information for foreigners
Jun 15, 2015
The government recently began providing official information about the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) to non-Korean speakers residing in Korea or elsewhere. Part of these new services includes a MERS hotline telephone number. When people call 109 at any ti...

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Korea-WHO joint mission announces MERS inspection resul...
Jun 13, 2015
A group of inspectors from Korea and the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) announced the result of the investigation into the MERS-CoV infection for over five days since June 9. The announcement was made at the press conference at the Ministry of Health and Welfare at the gove...