World Bulletin / News Desk
One more person was killed after contracting the MERS coronavirus, raising the number of people who have died from the virus to 47 in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said the number of people infected with the disease has risen to 96.
Since September 2012, a total of 56 people died across the world after contracting the MERS coronavirus, the ministry added.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. Renal insufficiency, fever, cough, expectoration, and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of the fatal illness.
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