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Saudi Arabia announces 5 new MERS deaths, death toll hits 152

Published on May 14, 2014 2:54 AM
A man wearing a mask looks on as he stands in front of camels at a camel market in the village of al-Thamama near Riyadh May 11, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

JEDDAH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday five new deaths from MERS, raising the death toll in the country worst-hit by the mysterious coronavirus to 152 since it appeared in 2012.

The health ministry also reported four new infections with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome raising the total so far to 495.

The new deaths occurred on Monday, four of them in Red Sea commercial hub Jeddah and one in the capital Riyadh.

Acting health minister Adel Fakieh visited Jeddah's King Fahd Hospital where a spike in infections last month sparked public panic.

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