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July 03, 2015
South Korea passes new law to curb MERS outbreak
Seoul (AFP) June 26, 2015
South Korea has introduced a new law designed to curb a MERS outbreak, tightening quarantine restrictions and imposing jail sentences on those who defy anti-infection measures in a crisis that has now left 31 dead. Meanwhile, a South Korean man who had become China's only confirmed case has been cured and discharged Friday, the Health Ministry here said. Under the new law, passed in parliament late Thursday, people infected with the virus who lie to state investigators about how they came into c ... read more

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