• NEW MERS DEATHS TAKE SAUDI TOLL TO 173

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    RIYADH: Saudi health authorities reported on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) new deaths from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS), taking to 173 the overall number of fatalities from the disease in the world’s worst-hit country. The health ministry said on its website that five people have died, including a 28-year-old woman in the port city of Jeddah, and a 32-year-old man in northern Tabuk. A woman aged 69 died in Riyadh and a 55-year-old man died in the city of Mecca, home to Islam’s holiest site which is visited by millions of pilgrims each year. A fifth man, 59 died on Sunday in the western city of Taif. The ministry said the total numbers of infections has reached 537 case.

    AFP

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