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Saudi Arabia has reported the highest number of fatalities from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), commonly known as coronavirus, in May.
In a Sunday statement, the Saudi Health Ministry said that 76 people had died from the virus in May.
Only 47 people had lost their lives to the virus in April.
A total of 187 MERS-related fatalities and 570 infections have been reported in Saudi Arabia since the virus first appeared in the kingdom in 2012.
Jordan announces new coronavirus death
A Jordanian man died on Sunday from an infection with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a health official said.
The deceased was being treated at a university hospital at the time of his death, Bashir al-Qassir, the head of the Jordanian Health Ministry's Health Care Department, told Anadolu Agency.
A medical worker in another Amman hospital has been infected with the virus, also known as coronavirus, he added.
The latest fatality brings to 5 the number of people killed from coronavirus infections in the Hashemite Kingdom since 2012, according to official reports.
Jordan has been among the most affected countries in the world by the virus.
Meanwhile, Algerian authorities have quarantined two people suspected of contracting the MERS.
"The two men have been quarantined after returning from Saudi Arabia," health official Ismail Mesbah told the Algerian radio on Sunday.
According to the health ministry, the two men, aged 66 and 69, had returned from Saudi Arabia, where they had performed Umrah (lesser pilgrimage).
The two cases are the first to have been reported in Algeria.
Along with Saudi Arabia, coronavirus has been reported in several countries around the world.
MERS, for which no known cure is available, destroys the lungs and kidneys.
Symptoms, which include persistent fever and cough, are similar to those associated with the SARS virus.
It is presumed that long-term physical contact can lead to infection.
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