One of the frustrating aspects of covering MERS is that the media in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states simply don't do any digging on their own. They take the statements from their health ministries, run them and then shut up. A case in point is this report from Gulf News: Saudi Mers death toll rises to 62. Excerpt:
Riyadh: Saudi health authorities said Thursday a man has died from the Mers coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the respiratory disease in the worst-hit country to 62.
The 55-year-old national, who died in Riyadh from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, was suffering from “chronic illness,” the health ministry website said.
The ministry also announced a new case in the province of Riyadh, bringing the total number of cases in Saudi Arabia to 150 people since the virus first appeared in September 2012.
Experts are struggling to understand the disease, for which there is no vaccine.