SEOUL (AFP): South Korea reported three new cases of MERS Sunday as health authorities remained vigilant about the spread of the virus, which appeared to have slowed in recent days. Two medical workers are among those newly diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, taking the total number of those infected to 169, the health ministry said. The number of deaths remained unchanged at 25, it said.

The two medical staff include a doctor who treated a MERS patient at Samsung Medical Centre in Seoul, seen as the epicentre of the outbreak, where more than 80 were infected. Another was a medical worker who took X-rays of a MERS patient in another hospital in Seoul. A total of 43 people have so far recovered and have been released from hospital, including seven between Friday and Saturday, the ministry said. Fourteen patients are in critical condition, it added.