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Novel Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 18

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Transmission electron micrograph of novel coronavirus. (NIAID/RML)

Transmission electron micrograph of novel coronavirus. (NIAID/RML)

Novel coronavirus outbreaks are continuing on the Arabian Peninsula, and the The World Health Organization (WHO) announced May 6 that so far, it has been “notified of 30 novel coronavirus (nCoV) confirmed cases, including 18 deaths.”

The WHO announcement comes after reports May 2 from the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia confirming three new cases of the disease. Two of the cases were from the same family, WHO reported. All the victims were reported in critical condition.

Within the past five days, there have been 13 new cases of the virus reported, including seven deaths in Saudi Arabia alone.

WHO is encouraging member states to monitor cases of severe acute respiratory infections. In a statement, WHO said it is working with international experts and countries where cases have been reported.

WHO urges member states to promptly make the proper notifications to the body when any new case of nCoV is discovered.

WHO is not yet advising screening at points of entry to the region, nor is it recommending travel or trade restrictions.

The first case of the virus was reported in June in Abu Dhabi.