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By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) - Striking workers at East Africa’s biggest port in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa returned to work on Friday after being warned they could lose their jobs, but said protests over higher health care costs could resume next week. The work stoppage has disrupted business at the biggest in the region, which handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia but the port's management has said normal services would resume by Monday. Workers protesting higher deductions for the government's national health insurance scheme refused to work on Wednesday and Thursday, paralysing operations at the port and prompting port management to advertise their positions in local media.
A Czech tour guide has been hospitalised in Prague, suspected of having the potentially fatal MERS virus, the health minister said Friday. "He spent about a week in South Korea and returned to the Czech Republic on May 29," Svatopluk Nemecek told public Czech Television. "On Thursday he went on a coach trip as a guide and got sick," Nemecek said, adding that the man was taken to a specialised Prague hospital with a fever after a medical check.
A 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was discharged from hospital Friday after being declared free of the deadly virus, officials said. Thailand now appears to be MERS-free after the Omani patient tested negative for the virus and the 176 other people who were under surveillance for having been in contact with him also showed no signs of the disease. "A communicable diseases expert has confirmed that he's free from MERS," Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin said in a statement.