Saudi Health officials confirm that 42 new cases of MERS or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have appeared in the kingdom over the last week. Seven from the 42 cases were fatal. Last week alone, after a year and a half since its discovery, MERS reached 200 cases in Saudi Arabia. Travellers coming back from Saudi Arabia to Yemen, Malaysia, Philippines and Greece had brought the disease to their lands with first cases being reported.
Saudi Pharmaceuticals are running out of facemasks to defend against the coronavirus, which is infectious through air.
According to foreign health experts and researchers, no data about the virus had come out from Saudi Arabia. Experts can only speculate if the numerous cases in Jeddah may be attributed to the strength of the disease, or because of the failure to manage infection control among health workers.
Local Saudi News Agencies reported that the Kingdom is working with an international pharmaceutical company to develop a vaccine. However, the local news did not elaborate on the details.
The Saudi Ministry of Health advised on its Twitter and Youtube about washing one’s hands to limit the spread of the virus. Saudis had also taken to social media in helping their social circles know about safety measures to address the infectious disease’s spread.