Via the Saudi Gazette, a report evidently written before today's new cases were announced: Doctors resign over coronavirus scare. Excerpt:
At least four consultant doctors at Jeddah’s King Fahd Hospital have resigned this week following their reported refusal to treat people affected by MERS coronavirus, a section of the Arabic press reported on Tuesday.
A consultant female internist on Monday tendered her resignation to the hospital’s director, according a report in Makkah newspaper.
The hospital director sent a letter to the director of Health Affairs in Jeddah in which he asked to take ‘appropriate action’ on the resignation of the doctor from the Ministry of Health service. He noted that the doctor’s resignation follows her refusal to treat coronavirus affected patients.
Medical sources at the hospital said that three consultant doctors have also resigned from the hospital for the same reason during the last three days.
A foreigner has died from MERS in Jeddah, where authorities have sought to calm fears over the spreading respiratory illness, the Health Ministry said on Monday.
The death of the 70-year-old man brought the toll of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the Kingdom to 69 fatalities.
Four new cases of infection were registered, bringing the Kingdom’s total to 194, the ministry said.
The current numbers are 205 cases and 71 deaths. Under the circumstances, the doctors may be right to refuse treat patients when infection control is manifestly inadequate.