Via Arab News: No new MERS case in 3 days. Excerpt:
There have been no new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) over the past three days, said a Health Ministry statement on Sunday.
The spread of the disease has been brought well under control, said the statement.
MERS has claimed 295 lives and infected 721 people since September 2012.
A total of 39 people are still undergoing treatment and 387 patients were discharged from hospital after making a full recovery.
One death and four new cases have been recorded in a seven-day period.
The casualties were all Saudi men from Taif, Riyadh and Hofuf, while a Saudi man, aged 70, died in Taif.
Among the major measures taken by the Ministry of Health to combat the virus was the launch of a Kingdom-wide awareness campaign on the coronavirus in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) by acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih.
“The government is doing its best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We now need the help of the public in implementing simple precautions,” he said.
“The campaign was set up based on expert medical advice from respected organizations and health care professionals. We would like to thank them for their important contributions in its implementation,” he added.
The Acting Health Minister may be a little too eager to take a victory lap, though I'm as happy as he is that the case numbers have dropped so sharply. The "Kingdom-wide awareness campaign" has actually taught us very little about MERS, perhaps because the Saudis themselves haven't learned much about it and don't like sharing what they do know.