A Korean wedding celebration posed for a group photograph in surgical masks as the nation battles an outbreak of MERS that has continued to to spread.
The nation is battling the worst outbreak of the virus outside of Saudi Arabia, exactly where the illness was first identified. At least 64 instances have been confirmed by the World Health Organization which includes 5 that resulted in deaths.
The country’s Ministry of Overall health and Welfare has reported a total of 95 persons infected and seven deaths, according to The Related Press.
Much more than 3,000 persons have been placed in isolation as a outcome of the outbreak, the AP reported, adding that 2,200 schools have closed in South Korea. The outbreak is believed to have started when an infected 68-year-old man sought treatment at 4 different health facilities in the nation.
The wedding celebration donned masks in the picture that has spread across the Internet seemingly to guard against the potential spread of MERS. Nonetheless, the wedding planner, Hwang Myung-Hwan reportedly told Agence France-Presse that the masks were only worn for a single photo.
“They had currently taken normal group images with out masks when they decided to do anything enjoyable,” Hwang Myung-Hwan reportedly told AFP.
According to a caption of the photo posted on Myung-Hwan’s Facebook web page, “all day there was speak of MERS” the day prior to the wedding, so the wedding planner picked up 220 masks since the “bride and groom may possibly be worried.”
A photo from the following day’s festivities showed the pleased couple wearing the masks. Myung-Hwan described the wedding party as getting “defeated MERS,” noting they “happily completed” the wedding.