Sunday, May 5, 2013

#Coronavirus: 3 new coronavirus cases found in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Three new coronavirus carriers have been found in Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number of the infections reported in the country within a week to ten, Al Sharq Al Awsat newspaper said Sunday.

The new cases are all the patients or relatives of another carriers in the same hospital, Public Health Affairs Undersecretary at the Health Ministry, Ziyad Mamish told the newspaper.

The official said that the ministry has ordered all hospitals with suspicious cases to take the required tests, adding that 50 test samples have been sent to the ministry Saturday. All the suspicious cases were from the eastern Al-Ahsa governorate, where the other seven cases were discovered.

On Wednesday, Saudi health ministry confirmed the death of five people out of the seven carriers.

The first case of coronavirus was reported in Saudi Arabia last year. The total number announced in the country has increased to 20.

Since last year, tens of cases of infection with the novel coronavirus have been confirmed. The patients mainly came from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Britain. The transmissibility and pathogenesis of the novel coronavirus remains poorly understood.

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