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13 new Mers deaths in Saudi Arabia

Published on May 11, 2014 6:26 AM
 
A foreign worker living in Riyadh wears a mask covering his mouth and nose on a main street in the Saudi capital on April 29, 2014 as the death toll from the newly emerged and often fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) disease topped 100 in the desert kingdom. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

RIYADH(AFP) - Saudi Arabia has announced 13 more deaths from the Mers coronavirus, as the World Health Organisation prepared for an emergency meeting over worries about the spread of the disease.

The Middle East Respiratory System coronavirus has now killed 139 people and infected 480 in the kingdom since it first appeared in 2012, accounting for the bulk of cases registered across the globe.

In its most recent tally, issued at midday on Saturday, the Saudi health ministry said six people had died from the disease over the past 24 hours.

They were three women aged 22, 26 and 35 who died in Riyadh, a 68-year-old woman and a 78-year-old man in the western city of Medina, and a man in his 70s in the commercial capital Jeddah.

 
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