A total of 28 people have been killed from the SARS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said. The most recent deaths occurred late last week after two foreign oil workers died in the Kingdom, the New Zealand Herald reports.
The health ministry confirmed that a 46-year-old man from Wadi al Dawasir and a 21-year-old person from Hafr al-Batin died from the virus.
All in all, a total of 46 people in Saudi Arabia have been infected since September of 2012. Meanwhile, countries such as Jordan, France, the United Arab Emirates, Germany as well as Britain and Tunisia have reported infections of the MERS-CoV strain.
According to the New Zealand Herald, the coronavirus “belongs to the same group of viruses as SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which 10 years ago killed about 800 people.”