Coronavirus Kills More People in Saudi Arabia

The Wall Street Journal:

On Monday, security guards, their faces covered by green medical masks, stood watch outside the intensive-care unit at a small hospital in Hofuf, in the country’s Eastern province, that is treating some of the victims in the most lethal surge yet of the year-old outbreak of a novel coronavirus.

The kingdom’s Ministry of Health disclosed the latest two deaths, of a 62-year-old woman and 71-year-old man, late Sunday night, saying in a brief statement that all of the current new cases of the virus appear to be clustered at a single hospital in Hofuf, one of the main cities of Eastern province, the heart of the Saudi oil industry.

The terse announcement by Saudi health officials triggered renewed international complaints that the kingdom has been slow in reporting details of the outbreak, sought by international organizations and countries trying to assess and prevent the spread of the virus.

Arab News reported that the government is conducting an ongoing investigation into the outbreak. Officials from MOH held a press conference Monday in Riyadh where they reassured the public again that there is no cause for alarm and described the spread of the virus as “limited.”