Two patients suspected of contracting the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) tested negative for the deadly virus, announced Dr. Nguyen Quang Tap, Director of the Vietnam-Czech Friendship Hospital in the northern city of Hai Phong on June 17.

One of the patients, a man who returned to Hai Phong from the Republic of Korea (RoK), which currently affected by MERS-CoV, had a high fever – a known symptom of the epidemic – after receiving an ear surgery at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the other, a woman, also had a fever several days after welcoming a relative who returned home from the US and passed in transit through the RoK.

According to doctors, the two patients were transferred immediately to a separate section of the hospital and their medical samples were sent for testing.

Preventive measures were also taken.

The city's International Health Quarantines Centre has organised round-the-clock examinations at the port to conduct quarantine procedures on ships and crew members that have passed through MERS-CoV-affected areas before entering Vietnam via Hai Phong Port.

According to the World Health Organisation, the virus has spread to 26 countries. As of June 16, four new cases were reported in the RoK, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 154 with 19 deaths./.