New Mers-coronavirus cases in Saudi bring global total to 102: WHO
GENEVA (REUTERS) - Eight more people in Saudi Arabia have contracted the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) coronavirus, bringing the number of confirmed infections worldwide in the past year to 102, of whom almost half have died, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.
Two of the men from Riyadh, who were already suffering from chronic diseases, died, while most of the other victims remain in intensive care, it said.
Additionally, a person with a previously laboratory-confirmed case from the United Arab Emirates has died, it said.
"Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 102 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Mers-CoV, including 49 deaths," the WHO said in a statement.