Coronavirus death toll climbs in S. Arabia

At least 76 people died due to the virus which has similar symptoms to SARS, said Health Ministry

Coronavirus death toll climbs in S. Arabia

World Bulletin/News Desk

The number of coronavirus victims in Saudi Arabia has risen to 76, according to a statement released by Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry.

The ministry said the death toll increased to 76 due to the virus which has symptoms similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Saudi Health Ministry stated that no new cases of coronavirus have been reported since August 1 as a sign indicating the disease has been taken under control as the season of hajj for Muslims approaches.

Reminding the fatal cases since September left 39 people dead because of SARS virus, Saudi Health Ministry said 24 people who were under treatment at hospitals have recovered.

Last week, Saudi Health Minister announced that neither new cases of coronavirus have been found after the holy month of Ramadan, nor the virus was detected in umrah visitors in Ramadan by medical examinations.

The virus was ascertained in last September for the first time in world history, which caused 44 to die and affected 81. No protective vaccine or antibiotics pharmacotherapy is available to fight against corona.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that includes viruses that may cause a range of illnesses in humans, from the common cold to MERS and SARS. Human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses of short duration. Symptoms may include runny nose, cough, sore throat, and fever. These viruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia. There are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronavirus infection.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness, showing symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ağustos 2013, 11:38