Saudi minister: Hospitals responsible for spread of MERS

The health minister said no precise anti-infection measures are being taken at hospitals.

Coronavirus is spreading either from camels or from hospitals as no precise anti-infection measures are being taken in hospitals, said Saudi Acting Minister of Health Adel Fakeih on Tuesday in Jeddah.

Fakeih was speaking after meeting King Fahd Hospital officials. He said a number of hospitals have been specified in each region to accept coronavirus cases aside from the main centers in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam.

He said they are cooperating with foreign companies to develop a vaccine but that will take time. More specialists are coming to the Kingdom to study the ways to deal with the virus, which claimed five more lives in the Kingdom, raising the total death toll to 152 since it appeared in 2012.

Four new infections of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been registered, raising the total cases to 495, the Health Ministry said. The ministry added that six patients who had been infected by the SARS-like virus have been cured.