Saudi Gazette runs a brief report from Reuters on the World Health Organization’s finding that the Novel Coronavirus that has killed eighteen people is indeed transmissible, person-to-person. Last week’s finding that several deaths in Saudi Arabia were due to the contamination of dialysis equipment appears to be a distraction. A new case in France suggests a human vector as a patient sharing a hospital room with another who carried the virus did indeed acquire it.
So far, the disease is still demonstrating low transmissibility, but high mortality rates.
RIYADH — The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday it appeared likely that the novel coronavirus, which has killed 18 people in Saudi Arabia and Europe, could be passed from person to person.
WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda, speaking after a visit to Saudi Arabia, told reporters in Riyadh: “Of most concern is the fact that the different clusters seen in multiple countries increasingly support the hypothesis that when there is close contact, this novel coronavirus can transmit from person to person.” — Reuters