South Korean authorities will track the mobile phones of hundreds of people under quarantine to prevent the spread of the deadly Mers virus as a sixth person died in the outbreak and the number of infections rose to 87. I thought to myself, wouldn’t you just leave it at home if you wanted to sneak out?!?!
An 80-year-old man, who tested positive for the virus last week while being treated for pneumonia, died on Monday and became the country’s sixth death linked to MERS.
Nearly 2,000 people in South Korea are under quarantine, some in health care facilities but most at home, including an entire village of about 105 people in the south-west after a resident who visited a hospital where the country’s first patient with MERS was treated turned out to be infected.
In late May, a South Korean man broke a voluntary house quarantine and flew to Hong Kong and then travelled to mainland China, where he tested positive for MERS.
South Korea’s outbreak of the virus, first reported on 20 May, has prompted fear and the closure last week of more than 1,000 schools, with thousands of tourists cancelling plans to visit the country.