Via Arab News: 3 new MERS deaths bring total to 105. Excerpt:
Three more people infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus have died, raising the death toll in the Kingdom to 105, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.
In a press statement posted on its website, the MOH said the latest deaths were all males in Riyadh, ages 79, 61 and 56.
Six new infections were confirmed, raising the number of MERS cases in the Kingdom to 345 since the diseases was first discovered by scientists in September 2012.
Except for the 105 who have died, most of the patients have recovered.
Of the six new cases, four have not developed any symptoms while two are receiving proper treatment, said the MOH.
Three of the patients are in Jeddah, one in Riyadh, one in Tabuk and another in Makkah.
On Monday, the Ministry of Education announced that 34,000 schools across the Kingdom will be asked to allocate quarantine rooms on their premises for suspected MERS cases.
The preventive action plan launched by the ministry will be implemented in coordination with the Health Ministry.
The decision came during a meeting held in the presence of Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, his two undersecretaries and the general director of the school health department.
The plan also incorporates training courses targeting school staff to equip them to deal with the virus and identify its symptoms, as well as take part in preventive measures.
Suspected cases will be quarantined in these rooms until students are sent home or transferred to hospital.
Quarantine rooms must be equipped with preventive equipment, such as face masks, gloves and thermometers.