|36 new MERS cases reported in last 3 days;|
61 new infections since April 1. Saudi MoH
On April 20, health officials reported thirteen cases, on April 21, twelve new cases were announced, plus five close contacts and the death of a previously announced MERS patient. April 23 brought the announcement of eleven additional infections.
The eleven cases announced today range in age from 13 to 81 and include five women and six men. Three work in the health care field. Four are from Riyadh, six from Jeddah and one from Mecca. One shows no symptoms, two are stable and seven are in intensive care units.
The Ministry of Health website currently reports 285 cases in the Kingdom, including 83 deaths.
The sudden jump in MERS cases has raised concern that the virus may have mutated to a more easily transmissible form.
Health officials have cautioned the public to be vigilant but not to panic. They stated that a popular rumor that all large public gatherings have been cancelled is untrue and the public should not believe rumors being spread on social media websites.