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Coronavirus Deaths Mount To 16 In Saudi Arabia

5/21/2013 1:40 AM ET

With the death of one more patient at a hospital in Al-Ahsa, death toll in the novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection in Saudi Arabia has mounted to 16, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said on Monday.

The patient who died on Monday was suffering from chronic heart diseases, diabetes and high blood pressure, in addition to renal failure, the MoH said in a statement posted on its website.

Meanwhile, one of the health workers, being treated for the infection, has recovered and left hospital, the statement said. Virologist from the World Health Organization (WHO) are making allout efforts to find out the origin of the virus and how it spread fast in the oil-rich kingdom.

The new virus belongs to the same family that causes common colds and the one that caused the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that emerged in Asia in 2003.

Apart from Saudi Arabia, nCov has been reported from France, Germany, Britain, Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 21 deaths out of 41 confirmed cases Since September 2012, according to the WHO.

Two of those infected in Saudi Arabia were health workers who caught the virus from patients under their care. Most of the infections were reported from the Saudi border town of Al-Ahsa. Jeddah and capital Riyadh had also reported a few cases, the MoH said.

by RTT Staff Writer

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