Saudi MERS death toll now 87: Ministry

April 26, 2014 - 4:24:53 am

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia yesterday announced two more deaths from MERS coronavirus, taking the country’s toll to 87, a day after the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz visited the Red Sea city and commercial hub of Jeddah to reassure a worried public.

A health ministry bulletin on the Internet said a total of 299 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome had been detected in the kingdom since MERS first appeared in September 2012.

Public concern has been fuelled by the reported resignation last week of at least four doctors at Jeddah’s King Fahd Hospital after they refused to treat MERS patients for fear of infection.

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