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NEWS: Hong Kong Issues Red Alert Against Travel to South Korea

The Hong Kong Government has this morning issued a red alert against travel to South Korea amid an outbreak of the potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has now claimed seven lives.

According to the South China Morning Post, health authorities in South Korea today announced that a 68-year-old woman had become the latest fatality linked to the virus and reported eight new cases, raising the total number of infections to 95.

The “red” travel alert on South Korea is the second highest warning and the Security Bureau urges travelers to avoid non-essential travel to the country, where authorities are working with experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to bolster measures to contain any further spread of the virus.

Around 25,000 people cancelled trips to South Korea over the weekend, according to the Korean Tourism Organisation, while more travel agencies in Hong Kong have agreed to cancel package tours following the Government’s warning.

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