Saudi Arabia finds another 32 MERS cases as disease spreads

A man, wearing a surgical mask as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus, helps a friend who has the common flu near a hospital Saudi Arabia’s Khobar city. (File photo: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it had identified 32 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), pushing the total number of infections in the country so far to 463.

Four people died of the disease on Wednesday and five on Thursday, taking the total death toll in Saudi Arabia to 126 since MERS, a form of coronavirus, was identified two years ago, the Health Ministry said in a statement on its website.