Three more coronavirus deaths in Saudi Arabia: WHO

GENEVA Fri May 31, 2013 11:29am EDT

Men wearing surgical masks as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus, speak at a hospital in Khobar city in Dammam May 23, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Three more people have died in Saudi Arabia from the new SARS-like coronavirus, bringing the worldwide death toll to 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Saudi health officials also told the WHO of a new case in the eastern province of al-Ahsa, increasing the number of cases worldwide to 50, WHO spokesman Glenn Thomas told reporters at a news conference in Geneva.

The latest deaths were also in al-Ahsa, Thomas said.

Saudi Arabia has been the most affected by the virus, with 39 cases and 25 deaths so far, according to data from the WHO, a United Nations agency.

The virus, which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, has spread from the Gulf to France, Britain and Germany. The WHO has called it the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

It is from the same viral family that triggered the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that swept the world in late 2003 and killed 775 people.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Writing by Raissa Kasolowsky; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Comments (3)
janisegrubber wrote:
The WHO were great, saw them live twice

May 31, 2013 9:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gornisht wrote:
Lets welcome all travelers from Saudi Arabia to the west. We have the best hospitals and doctors. And of course they will have preference over the US citizens.

May 31, 2013 10:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ErnestPayne wrote:
Thanks Reuters. Apparently this isn’t newsworthy to the rest of the media.

Jun 01, 2013 10:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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