The MERS outbreak in South Korea won't be over anytime soon as 2 new deaths from the deadly virus has been reported.

This brings the total number of deaths to 27.

In addition to this, 3 new cases were also reported bringing the total number of cases to 127 while the total number of people placed under quarantine are 3,833.

According to the health ministry in capital, Seoul, the latest fatalities reported were of patients aged in their 80s with pre-existing health problems

Meanwhile, Thailand which reported its first case last week - a 75-year-old man from Oman who had traveled to Bangkok for treatment for a heart condition, however reported new cases  raising hopes the virus there had been contained.

The outbreak in South Korea has been traced to a 68-year-old man who returned from a trip to the Middle East in early May and sought medical help at different hospitals before being diagnosed with the MERS virus.

Most of the schools that had shut two weeks ago as fear grew about the possible spread of the virus outside hospitals were re-opened today (Monday), with just six remaining closed.