South Korea is grappling with two battles: the virus itself and the public fear over MERS, one official declared.

The nation has been struck by the largest outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outside of Saudi Arabia, where the virus was discovered.

And the number of cases grow every day. On Tuesday, South Korea reported that a seventh person has died from MERS and another eight have contracted the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 95.

More than 2,800 people remain quarantined, either at home or in health facilities. And more than 2,000 schools remain closed.