Head Of Jeddah Hospital Sacked As MERS Death Toll Hits 117

Saudi Arabia’s acting health minister has announced the sacking of the head of a Jeddah hospital where a spike in Mers infections among medical staff sparked panic among the public.

The move, which Adel Faqeeh published on Twitter late Tuesday, came after he inspected King Fahd Hospital’s emergency department in the Red Sea city.

Hours after the news, health officials announced two more deaths from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, bringing the toll to 117.

The victims were a 68-year-old woman in Jeddah, the kingdom’s commercial capital, and a 60-year-old man died in Madinah.

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The Jeddah hospital was temporarily shut last month after several medics were infected by Mers.

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