Saudi: Expat Nurse Does Not Have China Virus

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The Saudi Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SaudiCDC) has confirmed two cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Abha City, ruling out any presence of the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus in the Kingdom.

The statement debunks Indian media reports that a nurse working at a hospital in Saudi Arabia is the first Indian to be infected by the deadly Coronavirus that originated in China and has killed 17 so far.

Two female healthcare workers from Abha City, ages 38 and 27 respectively, have been diagnosed with MERS, announced the CDC.

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V Muraleedharan, the Minister of Kerala State for External Affairs, had on Twitter said that 100 Indian nurses had been quarantined due to the Coronavirus threat. “Affected nurse is being treated at Aseer National Hospital and is recovering well,” he tweeted. However, a report on the Saudi Ministry of Health website clearly states both are active cases of the MERS – Cov in Abha City in Saudi’s Aseer Region.

In his tweets, the Indian Minister may have referred to MERS, which is also a coronavirus, however, Saudi officials have confirmed the cases are not the Novel Coronavirus strain that has the world on the edge.

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