MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia pass 100

Monday, April 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

Riyadh announces eight new deaths from coronavirus, bringing total fatalities since its discovery in 2012 to 102.

Aljazeera.com
27 Apr 2014

Saudi Arabia has announced eight new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, taking the kingdom’s death toll from the disease since it was discovered in 2012 to 102.

The Saudi health ministry reported that a nine-month-old infant had died on Sunday, raising this month’s fatalities to 39.

The ministry said the number of recorded infections had risen to 339, with 143 cases announced since the start of April, representing a 73 percent jump in total infections.

Among the latest infections were four medical staff at a single hospital in Tabuk in the country’s northwest.

Panic over the spread of the virus among medical staff in the western city of Jeddah led to the temporary closure of a main hospital’s emergency room.

At least four doctors at Jeddah’s King Fahd Hospital resigned earlier this month after refusing to treat MERS patients for fear of infection.

The kingdom dismissed the health minister earlier this month with the newly appointed acting health minister promising “transparency” over MERS.

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