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27 new Mers cases discovered in Saudi in past five days

Saudi Arabia’s health ministry says some cases ‘are stable’

27 new Mers cases discovered in Saudi in past five days
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Twenty-seven new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers) have been reported in the past five days in Riyadh, according to local media.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health on Sunday revealed there were three new cases of the virus, including a 32-year-old expat female working in a hospital in Riyadh, a 42-year-old Saudi national and his 44-year-old colleague, also based in Riyadh.

The ministry said the three cases were stable.

Since the virus was first discovered in the kingdom in September 2012, a total of 1,413 people have been affected, Saudi Gazette reported. 

Citing official figures, it said that of those cases, 790 people recovered, 593 died and 30 are still being treated.

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