South Korea MERS death toll rises to 16; Saudi Arabia reports 5 cases

Story highlights

  • After a patient with MERS dies in South Korea, the outbreak's death toll is now at 16
  • Samsung Medical Center in Seoul suspends all but emergency surgery "to fully focus on responding to MERS"
  • South Korean health officials say the outbreak is slowing, but additional cases expected

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)Five new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have been confirmed in South Korea and another person has died from the virus, the country's Ministry of Health said Monday.

That brings to 16 the number of deaths attributed to the virus, which is known as MERS.
    Out of 150 people who contracted MERS since an outbreak began in South Korea last month, 120 are undergoing treatment, the ministry said.