• MERS DEATHS REACH 103

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    RIYADH: Saudi health authorities announced on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) three new deaths from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, as a group of experts met to discuss means of preventing the spread of the disease. Three me—aged 56, 61, and 79—died of MERS in Riyadh, bringing to 105 the total deaths since the disease appeared in the kingdom in September 2012, the health ministry said. At the same time, the ministry said six new infections have raised the total number of cases diagnosed to 345, representing the bulk of infections registered globally. Meanwhile, acting health minister Adel Fakieh said a group of Western experts and representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) have met for two days in Riyadh to discuss “a series of preventive measures … to contain the spread” of MERS.

    AFP

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