The Saudi MOH has updated their MERS-CoV graphic today, incrementing the number of cases by 1, and adding 2 additional deaths.
They have also posted a `clarification’ which, unfortunately, doesn’t quite live up to its billing.
As best as I can gather from perusing two syntax challenged translations, is the 27-year-old nurse we learned about 9 days ago (see Saudi MOH Announces A New MERS-CoV Case In Jeddah) has died, as has a newly announced case; a 70 year-old from Jeddah.
Additionally, 3 asymptomatic Health Care Workers have been identified, as well as an asymptomatic contact of the 70-year old, but are not being included in the official case count.
We may well need to wait for the official announcement from the World Health Organization before we can make better sense of this `clarification’. I’ve included the Bing translation below, followed by another statement from the Governor of Jeddah on restricting the movement of camels.
Further to the recent announcement by the Ministry of health concerning the monitoring of pneumonia, coronavirus when one of the doctors working in Jeddah, which is equal to cure and thankfully the Ministry explained that according to established policies and procedures have to intensify epidemiological disease were examined (356) sample of patients and contacts over the past week. Tests have shown positive (3) health workers and all were in stable condition or have no symptoms.
The Ministry also announced that it has been monitoring the situation of the citizen at the age of 70 years in Jeddah and has chronically so turning to God's mercy and showed positive contacts in the home inspection examination of one of his sons and did not have any symptoms.
In the same context, the Ministry announced the death of one of the health workers, God bless his soul, which was previously announced for coronavirus in Jeddah.
The Ministry reaffirmed that it will continue to work in a scientific way of monitoring and follow-up and intensified awareness and commitment to the worldwide infection prevention methods in health facilities in accordance with the directives of the National Committee of infectious diseases, the World Health Organization.
As long as we are doing cryptic translations, we also have two media reports on an edict from the Governor of Jeddah that appears to put restrictions on the movement of (or contact with) camels.
Prince mishaal directs the implementation of urgent measures to prevent the spread of the virus "SK"
His Royal Highness Prince Mishal Bin Majid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah urgently concerned in Jeddah, tours on all camel breeding sites and yard maintenance and yard immediately and remove random move camel of the highways out of town and not selling milk in a random manner, as well as tours of inspection to market cattle the County Central for disease and the application of the system of the yard. It is worth mentioning that his follow up periods required and keep detailed reports of the situation.
Prince Mishal Bin Majid bin Abdulaziz
His Royal Highness, Prince Mishal Bin Majid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah, urgently-stakeholders in Jeddah, tours on all camel breeding sites and yard maintenance, and remove all yard immediately, and random camels from public roads and cities, and not selling milk in a random manner, as well as tours of inspection of cattle market of central province, to make sure they are free of disease, "Corona".
The Health Affairs in Jeddah, has recorded – today-Saudi nurse death Bandar Al katheeri, victim "CK", which was lying in the intensive care unit at Jeddah's King Abdulaziz hospital, the medical team before his death late yesterday, while the work of scores of medical tests on his contacts and not detected any cases.
Hopefully some of the murkier details of these reports will become clearer in the hours or days ahead.