Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has reported that three more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to Sars, bringing the total number of deaths globally to 30.
The Ministry of Health said on Thursday the three deceased, ranging in age from 24 to 60, had chronic diseases, including kidney failure. It says they were hospitalised a month ago.
The ministry also announced a new case of the respiratory virus called MERS, bringing to 38 the number of those infected in the kingdom. It identified the afflicted person only as a 61-year-old suffering from renal failure from the Al Ahsa region where the outbreak in a health care facility started in April.
The World Health Organisation said the new germ, a respiratory infection, was first seen in the Middle East and sickened more than 49 people worldwide.
Most cases occurred in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and the UAE.
There were also cases in Britain, France, Germany and Tunisia linked to travel to the Middle East, the WHO said.