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Minister: No measures against MERS virus needed in ČR

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Prague, June 15 (CTK) – Czech citizens do not face any direct infection by the MERS coronavirus and the Czech Republic has not been planning to adopt any measures against the spreading of the virus, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said after talks with Health Minister Svatopluk Nemecek Monday.

In South Korea, 150 people have got infected with MERS and 16 people died of it.

Zaoralek said South Korea has been paying high attention to the situation. He said he believes the South Korean healthcare system can cope with the infection.

He said he considers the Prague-Seoul airline to be no risk for the Czech Republic.

However, Zaoralek said Czechs who planned visiting the region should reconsider their trip and those who returned from Korea should thoroughly monitor their health.

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) appeared first in the Middle East in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus of the same group that the one responsible for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed 800 people in 2003. According to the World Health Organisation, MERS spreads more slowly than SARS, but people die more often of it.

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