Via Arab News: Govt makes efforts to find cure for CoV. Note that this April 16 report is already out of date; case numbers are now 205, with 71 deaths. Excerpt:
The Ministry of Health will seek the assistance of international pharmaceutical companies and research institutions to produce an effective drug to fight against the coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which has affected 194 people in the Kingdom including 69 fatalities.
During a meeting with Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah in Jeddah on Tuesday, the National Scientific Committee for Infectious Diseases (NSCID) officials said that a request should be made to global firms to help the Kingdom in preventing the spread of the disease.
The NSCID officials included Deputy Health Minister Dr. Mansour Al-Hawasi and Dr. Hamza Kosheim deputy health minister for planning and development.
Dwelling on the status of coronavirus, the committee said the situation in the western province is well under control and there were only 28 positive cases in the region, which account for 14.4 percent of the total number of cases in the Kingdom. Riyadh recorded the largest number of coronavirus patients at 82 followed by Jeddah, while Al-Ahsa had 25 cases.
The members explained that the sudden eruption of the virus in Jeddah was mainly due to the transitional weather which is currently shifting from winter to spring.
The committee told the minister that effective steps have been taken in all Jeddah hospitals to act in emergency situations not only for coronavirus but also for other infectious diseases that could erupt from time to time.
If the Jeddah outbreak is seasonal, what about the rest of Saudi Arabia?