RIYADH: Four people have died from the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia, bringing the death toll from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom to 32, the health ministry said on its website on Monday.
Two people died in the western city of Taif and the other two were pronounced dead in Eastern Province, where most cases have been registered, said the statement.
The ministry announced three more confirmed cases of people in Saudi Arabia infected with the virus, which the World Health Organization has dubbed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS.
One case of infection was in Eastern Province and another in the capital Riyadh, while the third was of a two-year-old boy in the western city of Jeddah who was suffering from a “chronic” lung problem.
The ministry said the total number of MERS infections in the kingdom now stood at 49, including the 32 fatalities.
The World Health Organization said the global death toll from MERS had reached 33, with 28 of them in the kingdom.
The virus is a member of the coronavirus family, which includes the pathogen that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.