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Saudi Arabia urges elderly to avoid hajj over MERS coronavirus fears

Saudi Arabia on Saturday urged elderly and chronically ill Muslims not to perform the hajj pilgrimage, to curb the spread of the MERS coronavirus which has killed 38 in the kingdom. The health ministry issued a set of conditions for people wanting to perform the annual hajj, which this year…

Health officials confirm deadly flu-like MERS virus jumped from Saudi Arabia to the UAE

Health authorities in the UAE have announced that an 82-year-old man has been diagnosed with the MERS coronavirus infection, the first case to be recorded in the Gulf state. The Emirati citizen who contracted the SARS-like virus suffers from cancer and is being treated in hospital in the capital, Abu…

New death from SARS-like coronavirus MERS as health experts meet

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said another person had died of the SARS-like coronavirus MERS, and six new cases were registered, in statements on Thursday and Friday as international experts gather in Cairo to discuss the epidemic. Experts, including from the World Health Organisation, are nearing the end of a…

Death toll of new SARS-like virus rises to 30

The global death toll from a SARS-like virus has risen to 30, the World Health Organization said Friday after three people died of the illness in Saudi Arabia, which is bearing the brunt of the outbreak. WHO spokesman Glenn Thomas told reporters that the number was raised from 27 after…

SARS-like virus kills 15 and infections still rising in Saudi Arabia

Four more cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said, raising the number of people infected from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom to 28, including 15 fatalities. The four cases were registered in Eastern Province, which has been gripped by panic after…

SARS-like virus kills 5 Saudis

Five Saudis have died of a new SARS-like virus during the past few days and two more are being treated in an intensive care unit, the health ministry said. In a statement cited by the Saudi SPA agency late on Wednesday, the ministry said that all the deaths occurred in…

Saudi Arabia opens luxury ‘religious extremist’ rehab center for Al-Qaeda militants

Saudi Arabia is hoping to wean jailed Al-Qaeda militants off religious extremism with counselling, spa treatments and plenty of exercise at a luxury rehabilitation centre in Riyadh. In between sessions with counsellors and talks on religion, prisoners will be able to relax in the centre’s facilities which include an Olympic-size…

Coronavirus: Is this the next pandemic?

Last September a doctor in a Saudi hospital was fired for reporting a new, deadly strain of the coronavirus. Now, with half of all confirmed cases ending in death, the World Health Organisation has issued a global alert and scientists are preparing for the worst In mid-June last year, Ali Mohamed Zaki,…

Saudi Arabia frees all but two women protesters jailed over sit-in

Saudi authorities have freed all but two of a group of women arrested early this month while staging a sit-in to demand the release of Islamist prisoners in the city of Buraida, police said on Monday. “All women arrested have been freed, with the exception of two of them who…

Bin Laden family’s deportation from Pakistan delayed

The expected deportation of Osama bin Laden’s family fromPakistan to Saudi Arabia has been delayed because their passports are not ready, their lawyer said Wednesday. The 12-member family, including bin Laden’s three widows, eight children and one grandchild, had originally been due to leave overnight Tuesday. Two of the wives are Saudi nationals and the third…

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