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Seven new MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia announced

RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia announced seven more deaths from the MERS coronavirus Saturday, as the World Health Organization prepared for an emergency meeting over worries about the spread of the disease.

The Middle East Respiratory System coronavirus has now killed 133 people and infected 473 in the kingdom since it first appeared in 2012, accounting for the bulk of cases registered across the globe.

In its most recent tally, which was updated to midday on Friday, the Saudi health ministry said three men aged 94, 51 and 42 had died from the disease in the western region of Jeddah.

It added a 74-year-old man had died in the city of Taef, while a woman, 71, and two men aged 81 and 25 respectively, had died in the capital Riyadh.

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