Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Saudi MERS toll surges to 282  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - AFP - 03/06/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - AFP) Saudi Arabia's death toll from the MERS coronavirus has surged to 282, the health ministry said on Tuesday, following recalculations in the world's worst hit country.

"A comprehensive revision" going back to 2012 has resulted in revising up the death toll, which had stood at 190 people, while the number of infected cases rose from 575 to 688 people, the ministry said in a statement.

Earlier Tuesday, the health ministry announced that acting minister Adel Fakieh had sacked one of his deputies, Ziad Memish, without giving reasons for the dismissal.

Fakieh, who is the labour minister, was assigned the health portfolio after former health minister Abdullah al-Rabiah was himself dismissed in April without official explanation.

Upon his appointment, Fakieh promised "transparency" in providing the public and media with information about th Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

MERS is considered a deadlier but less transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.

Like SARS, it appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering coughing, breathing difficulties and a temperature. But MERS differs in that it causes rapid kidney failure.

Last month, Fakieh announced he was sacking the head of the King Fahd Hospital in the western city of Jeddah, where a rise in MERS infections among medical staff sparked panic among the public.

Most cases of the disease have been in Saudi Arabia, but the virus has been imported to more than a dozen other countries.

All of those cases relate to people who became ill while in the Middle East, with some involving pilgrims travelling to Muslim holy sites in Saudi Arabia.



  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 29 2015 - Detained journalists urge EU not to compromise with Turkey on rightsAsia Times
(MENAFN - Asia Times) Can Dundar (R) and Erdem Gul speak to the media outside a courthouse in Istanbul Thursday European diplomats have been measured in their criticism of media freedom in ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Putin approves economic sanctions against TurkeyAsia Times
(MENAFN - Asia Times) (From RT) Russian President Vladimir Putin formally signed a decree imposing a package of economic sanctions against Turkey ignoring a reconciliatory move by Turkish ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Saudi- Sir Syed an epitome of unity and tolerance: Raj BabbarArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) RIYADH: Sir Syed Ahmed Khan truly inspires us showing the way for tolerance and unity in diversity by considering Hindus and Muslims as two eyes of India; and if one of them is ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Saudi- New tax will hit 'a few land owners'Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) RIYADH: The real estate sector is upbeat about the recent Cabinet decision to impose a 2.5 percent tax annually on vacant land in urban areas saying that the move will create ...

 Nov 29 2015 - SJAHI marks 60 years of Saudi Japan tiesArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) JEDDAH: A seminar on energy efficiency in the automobile sector was held as part of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Saudi- Pilgrim killed 17 injured in road accidentArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) MAKKAH: An Umrah pilgrim was killed and 17 others one of them critically were injured when their bus hit a truck on the Madinah-Makkah highway early Friday morning. The bus ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Saudi- Action urged against child abuseArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) RIYADH: Top academics have called for a concerted drive against domestic violence in cases involving child abuse. Describing it as a global phenomenon they called for raising ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Saudi- New Causeway system put offArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) JEDDAH: Abdul Rahman Al-Yahya director general of the Passport Department announced that plans to set up a one-stop border crossing post at King Fahd Causeway have been ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Saudi- Incentive for border health workersArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) JEDDAH: The director of the Health Department in Jazan Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Sahli has said that the Health Ministry will pay SR20 million to workers at hospitals in the southern ...

 Nov 29 2015 - Bahrain hits out at Iranian meddlingArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) MANAMA: Bahrain has again warned Iran against interfering in its internal affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the charge d' affaires of Iran's Embassy in Bahrain ...




Internatinal Property Show


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help