Saudi Arabia reports 2 new coronavirus fatalities
By Ahmed al-Masri, Tuesday, May 20, 2014
DOHA – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reported two new deaths from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), commonly known as coronavirus, bringing the total number of MERS-related fatalities in the kingdom to 175 since 2012.
In a statement, the Health Ministry said that three more people had contracted the virus, bringing the total number of virus infections in the country to 540 since September 2012 when the virus first appeared.
The ministry said that two people had recovered from the virus.
The latest cases bring to 169 the total number of cases registered this month. Of these, 64 have been fatal.
MERS, for which no cure is currently known, destroys the lungs and kidneys.
Along with Saudi Arabia, MERS has also been reported in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt and Oman.
It is presumed that long-term physical contact with infected persons can lead to contagion.
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