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South Korea’s economic growth has been hit sharply by both the Mers outbreak and continued weak exports.

The country’s economy grew by a mere 0.3% in the second quarter compared to 0.8% in the year’s first three months, marking a six-year record low.

South Korea’s economy is struggling with a slump in exports, while Mers has stifled consumer spending and the important tourism sector.

Since 20 May, 36 people have died from the virus and 186 more were infected.
“The growth rate is worse than expected,” James Rooney, chairman of Market Force Company, told the BBC from Seoul.

Domestic consumption has suffered and the number of tourists plunged more than 40% in June, since the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) outbreak began in May. (BBC)