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Novel coronavirus

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. 

Arabian camel may host deadly Mers virus

Researchers found Mers-like antibodies in camels.Photo: AP

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

French man dies of Sars-related respiratory virus

 World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan. Photo: AFP

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 death toll from new Sars-related virus reaches 18

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

Coronavirus sparks fears of wider human transmission

A man, wearing a surgical mask as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus, walks near a hospital in Khobar city in Dammam. Photo: Reuters

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 confirms another death from Sars-like virus

Saudi Arabia has announced another death from the Sars-like novel coronavirus, which the WHO plans to call Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Photo: Reuters

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

Tunisia announces three cases of coronavirus, one death

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

Saudi Arabia detects four new Sars-like cases

A Saudi health ministry official visits patients infected with a new Sars-like virus at a hospital in the eastern Saudi province of al-Ahsaa on Monday. Photo: AFP

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 on alert as France confirms more cases of Sars-like virus

The Roger Salengro Hospital in Lille, northern France, where two patients were diagnosed with the coronavirus related to Sars. Photo: AP

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

France fears more cases of deadly Sars-like virus

Douai hospital, northern France. Photo: Reuters

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

Sars-like virus kills two more in Saudi Arabia

A view of Al-Mamlaka hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Seven Saudis have died of a new Sars-like virus in one week, the health ministry said. Photo: AFP

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

Sars-like virus kills five Saudis

The novel coronavirus or hCoV-EMC was first detected last year and is a cousin of severe acute respiratory syndrome. Photo: AP

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

Hong Kong woman tests negative for Sars-like virus

A microscopic image of the coronavirus which can cause Sars and other ailments. Photo: AP

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

New coronavirus appears deadlier than Sars, says HKU

An electron microscope image of a coronavirus, part of a family of viruses that cause ailments including the common cold and Sars. Photo: AP

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

Girl, 4, isolated amid fears of deadly coronavirus

Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health. Photo: May Tse

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

Deadly Sars-like virus takes toll on British family

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