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The Saudi Health Ministry has confirmed that another citizen has died of the coronavirus Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This raises the number of deaths to 39 from the SARS-like virus in the nation where it first emerged last year. An 83-year-old man from the same southern province was also confirmed to have contracted the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases inside the territory to 66.
The World Health Organization said earlier this month that MERS, which can cause fever, coughing and pneumonia, had not yet reached pandemic potential and may simply die out.
Millions are expected to travel to the area in October to Mecca for the main haj pilgrimage. World Health Organization experts said last month that countries at risk from MERS should put in place plans for handling mass gatherings but has stopped short of recommending restrictions on travel. The authorities have however cut the number of visas this year but have only cited that this is due to safety concerns over expansion work at the main mosque site.
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