Foreigner dies of MERS virus in Saudi, eight more infected

April 14, 2014 - 3:05:24 am
Saudi women leave the emergency department at a hospital in the center of the Saudi capital Riyadh recently.

JEDDAH: A foreigner has died from MERS while eight people including five health workers have been infected in the Saudi city of Jeddah, where the spread of the coronavirus among medics has sparked panic.

The death of the 45-year-old man, whose nationality has not been disclosed, brings the nationwide toll in the world’s most-affected country to 68. The health ministry late on Saturday announced the death of the man and said five health workers — two women and three men — and three other people had been infected by the virus in Jeddah.

The announcement came days after panic over the spread of the virus among medical staff led to the closure of the emergency room at the city’s main public hospital.

Health Minister Abdullah Al Rabiah visited hospitals in Jeddah on Saturday in a bid to calm residents. The total cases of infection by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which first appeared in the kingdom in September 2012, has hit 189, the ministry said. AFP