France has identified its 1st case of a new strain of coronavirus emerging from the Middle East in a person recently returned from the United Arab Emirates. This is the 1st reported case of illness attributable to infection with the nCoV in France, and the 4th reported case in Europe with history of contact in the UAE prior to arriving in Europe; 2 cases were transferred from Qatar to Europe — one to the UK and one to Germany- – and another was transferred from Abu Dhabi to Germany.
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have invited outside experts to help it deal with a large outbreak of the new coronavirus in the eastern Saudi city of al Hofuf. Toronto SARS expert Dr. Allison McGeer arrived in the Middle Eastern country on Wednesday [8 May 2013], travelling at the request of the kingdom’s government.
The outbreak, which involves at least 13 cases, has ratcheted up worry about the coronavirus, the World Health Organization acknowledged in an update on the virus, which is from the same family as the SARS coronavirus.
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