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Saudi announces 11 new Mers infections

Published on Apr 24, 2014 6:13 AM
Asian workers wear mouth and nose masks while on duty during a football match at the King Fahad stadium, on April 22, 2014 in Riyadh. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced 11 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), including a 13-year-old child, as its acting health minister vowed to keep the public better informed about the coronavirus.

The new cases bring to 272 the total number of Mers infections, including 81 deaths, registered across the kingdom - worst hit by Mers, which was first detected in eastern Saudi Arabia in September 2012.

Most of the latest cases are in Riyadh and the commercial hub Jeddah, with one case in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, visited each year by millions of pilgrims from around the world.

Three of the new infections were of health workers, while a 13-year-old Saudi girl is among cases recorded in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

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