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Seven new Mers deaths in Saudi Arabia

Published on May 10, 2014 11:02 PM
 
An Asian man wears a mouth and nose mask as he walks in a street of the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on April 27, 2014. Saudi Arabia announced seven more deaths from the Mers coronavirus on Saturday, as the World Health Organisation prepared for an emergency meeting over worries about the spread of the disease. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

RIsYADH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia announced seven more deaths from the Mers coronavirus on Saturday, 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 133 people and infected 473 in the kingdom since it first appeared in 2012, accounting for the bulk of cases registered across the globe.

In its most recent tally, which was updated to midday on Friday, the Saudi health ministry said three men aged 94, 51 and 42 had died from the disease in the western region of Jeddah.

It added a 74-year-old man had died in the city of Taef, while a woman, 71, and two men aged 81 and 25 respectively, had died in the capital Riyadh.

 
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