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Saudi Arabia reports two new cases of MERS virus

AFP – Saudi Arabia has recorded two new cases of the MERS virus, the health ministry said on Saturday, a day after authorities in neighbouring Qatar reported one new case. Saudi Arabia accounts for a full 52 of 127 deaths worldwide from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) so…

Two Saudis die of MERS virus

Two Saudis have died after contracting the MERS coronavirus, the health ministry said on Thursday, bringing the total number of fatalities from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom to 49. A 75-year-old woman, who had suffered chronic illnesses, died in the western city of Medina, while a man, 83, who…

No risk of pandemic yet from MERS virus: scientists

The new MERS coronavirus that has claimed dozens of lives in the Middle East does not yet have the ability to trigger a pandemic, but vigilance is needed in case it mutates, French scientists said on Friday. “Our analysis suggests that MERS-CoV does not yet have pandemic potential,” they reported…

WHO says MERS virus death toll hits 33

The global death toll from the SARS-like virus MERS has risen to 33, after two new fatalities in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said the Saudi health ministry had informed the UN agency of three new laboratory-confirmed cases, one of them fatal,…

New York sues banks over fraudulent foreclosures

The state of New York sued major US banks on Friday for fraudulently foreclosing on thousands of homeowners in the state in the wake of the nationwide housing crash. The state is suing JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, along with Virginia-based MERSCORP, which it called a “shell…

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