Via Al Akhbar English, just one of a great many stories suddenly hitting the web today: Deputy health minister sacked as Saudi Arabia announces 113 unreported MERS cases. Excerpt:
Saudi Arabia's health minister has sacked one of his deputies as an updated death toll by the MERS coronavirus based on previously unrecorded cases reached 282, the ministry said Tuesday.
No reasons were given for the dismissal of deputy minister Ziad Memish, but the ministry, in a separate statement Tuesday, announced that it had identified an additional 113 confirmed cases of MERS that had not been previously recorded, bringing the total to 688.
A review of health data also showed that the death toll from the virus stood at 282, not 190, as the ministry had previously reported.
The then-health minister Abdullah al-Rabiah was dismissed in April without official explanation and was replaced by labor minister Adel Fakieh, who promised "transparency" in providing the public and media with information about the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
This is a large and startling development in the MERS story, and it will take some time to absorb it—and to gain far, far more details than the Saudis have so far provided us since 2012.