Novel coronavirus outbreaks are continuing on the Arabian Peninsula, and the The World Health Organization announced Monday that so far, it has been “notified of 30 novel coronavirus confirmed cases, including 18 deaths.”
The World Health 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, World Health 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.
World Health is encouraging countries to monitor cases of severe acute respiratory infections. In a statement, the agency said it is working with international experts and countries where cases have been reported.
The first case of the virus was reported in June in Abu Dhabi.