MERS toll surges to 282 in Saudi Arabia

June 4, 2014 4:52 AM

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MERS toll surges to 282 in Saudi Arabia

The death toll from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in Saudi Arabia has surged to 282 after recalculations, the health ministry announced on Tuesday.

A total of 688 cases have been confirmed in the Gulf kingdom since the first case was registered in 2012, according to the ministry's rigorous review. Of those infected, 53 are reportedly receiving treatment, Xinhua reported.

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