SARS-like virus claims new life in Saudi

A Saudi man who had contracted the coronavirus has died, raising the death toll in the kingdom from the SARS-like virus to 16, the health ministry announced on Monday on its Internet website.

"One of the patients who had contracted the virus has died," in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia where most of the kingdom's cases have been registered, the ministry said.

It did not identify the victim, but said he was a diabetic who also had heart and kidney problems.

The ministry also said that the health of a nurse who had been infected by patients in the Eastern Region was now improving.

On Wednesday, the Geneva-based reported that two Saudi health workers have contracted the deadly coronavirus from patients—the first evidence of transmission in a hospital setting.

"This is the first time have been diagnosed with nCoV (novel ) infection after exposure to patients," the WHO said in a statement.

On Saturday, the said a new case had been detected, bringing to 31 the number of officially recorded cases in the country.

Since last September, the WHO says it has been informed of a global total of 40 laboratory confirmed cases of the virus, including 20 deaths.

While the virus has been deadliest in Saudi Arabia, cases have also been reported in Jordan, Qatar, Germany, Britain and France.

The virus is a cousin of (SARS), which triggered a scare 10 years ago when it erupted in east Asia, leaping to humans from animal hosts and eventually killing some 800 people.

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