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Foreigner dies of Mers in Saudi, 8 infected: Ministry

Published on Apr 13, 2014 3:52 PM
 
A view of the King Fahd hospital which has closed its emergency department banning the exit and entry of people and patients, on April 9, 2014, in 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. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - 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 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.

 
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