Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which are known to cause illness in humans and animals. As of 28 September 2012, scientists confirmed two cases of a never-seen-before strain of the virus, a 60-year-old Saudi Arabian man who died in June 2012, and a Qatari man, 49, with travel history to Saudi Arabia. Their symptoms included acute, serious respiratory illness presented with fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. The novel coronavirus is genetically quite distinct from SARS. There has been no evidence to date that the novel coronavirus has been transmitted from person to person.
The exact origin of the virus is a riddle scientists have been working hard to solve to halt its spread, especially in the lead-up to the annual haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in October.Saturday, 10 August, 2013, 2:06am
A French patient infected with a deadly new respiratory virus related to Sars died on Tuesday of the disease, which has killed half the people known to be infected and alarmed global health officials.29 May 2013 - 12:57am
Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry says a woman has died from a new respiratory virus related to Sars, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 18.
Saudi Arabia remains the centre for the virus as investigators from the World Health Organisation seek more clues about its origins and how it is spread.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
The World Health Organisation voiced deep concern yesterday over the Sars-like virus that has killed 22 people in less than a year, saying it might potentially spread more widely between humans.24 May 2013 - 4:26am
Saudi Arabia has announced another death from the Sars-like novel coronavirus (nCoV) in its central al-Qassim region, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 17.23 May 2013 - 8:31pm
A 66-year-old Tunisian man has died from the new coronavirus following a visit to Saudi Arabia and two of his adult children were infected with it, the Tunisian Health Ministry reported.21 May 2013 - 9:08pm
Four more cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said, raising the number of people infected from the Sars-like virus in the kingdom to 28, including 15 fatalities.14 May 2013 - 11:59pm
Hong Kong's Centre of Health Protection yesterday told doctors to be extra vigilant for suspected symptoms of a new Sars-like coronavirus, as new cases in France took the confirmed number of cases globally to 34.14 May 2013 - 2:44am
French health authorities said on Thursday they feared the country’s first case of a new Sars-like virus that has killed 18 people, mostly in Saudi Arabia, may have infected two other people.11 May 2013 - 4:05am
A new Sars-like virus has killed two more people in Saudi Arabia, taking the number of deaths from the coronavirus that the kingdom has announced to seven in one week, the health ministry said.6 May 2013 - 11:41pm
Five Saudis have died of a new Sars-like virus during the past few days and two more are being treated in an intensive care unit, the health ministry said.
In a statement cited by the Saudi SPA agency late on Wednesday, the ministry said that all the deaths occurred in the Ahsaa province in the oil-rich eastern region of the kingdom.2 May 2013 - 2:43pm
A Hong Kong woman who showed respiratory symptoms after a trip to the Middle East have tested negative for a Sars-like virus, the Health Department said on Friday. Preliminary labouratory test results for respiratory specimens from the 37-year-old woman were negative for the novel coronavirus, a department spokesman said.5 Apr 2013 - 11:05pm
The mysterious new coronavirus that emerged in the Middle East and has killed 11 people is potentially more deadly than Sars and also more "promiscuous" - able to infect many different species - University of Hong Kong research has found.28 Mar 2013 - 5:58am 1 comment
A four-year-old girl visiting from Qatar has been isolated after she tested negative for a deadly Sars-like virus yesterday. The girl had initially sparked fears that the novel coronavirus had reached Hong Kong after she showed signs of carrying the virus that has killed at least nine people around the world.25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am
The widow of the first person to die of a new Sars-like virus in Britain has told of the tragic circumstances of his death. Azima Hussain, 33, giving her first interview, spoke of the devastation inflicted on her family by the coronavirus that killed her husband, Khalid, last month.17 Mar 2013 - 7:26am