RIYADH: MD RASOOLDEEN
Published — Sunday 5 May 2013
Last update 12 May 2013 7:23 am
Three more people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, raising the number of victims to 10.
The newly identified victims are also from Al-Ahsa province. It brings to 27 the global total of confirmed cases, including 16 deaths.
Last week, the virus killed five people in the Kingdom and put two more patients in intensive care in Al-Ahsa.
Health Ministry Spokesman Dr. Khalid Al-Mirghalani said the two patients infected last week remain in ICU, while among the three new cases, only one is in ICU.
Meanwhile, five Saudis who died last week had not traveled abroad, a Health Ministry doctor said yesterday.
Dr. Ziad Memish, who heads the ministry's Disease Prevention Unit, told AFP: “After questioning relatives, it turned out that none of these people had been abroad before being infected.”
The ministry was working closely with the WHO over cases registered in Saudi Arabia but did not need help from foreign medical teams, Memish said.
Memish said the doctors found out that the 10 patients have contracted the disease locally, and that they have no history of recent travel abroad.
He stressed that there was no cause for alarm about the infection as the ministry had already taken all preventive measures to keep the disease under control.