More than 290 Suspected Virus Cases Tested Negative in Saudi Arabia

Health Minister Tawfiq Al Rabiah at Monday's press conference
Health Minister Tawfiq Al Rabiah at Monday's press conference

The Saudi health ministry reiterated on Monday that no case of coronavirus was recorded in the Kingdom.

Health Minister Tawfiq Al Rabiah said that more than 290 suspected cases have been tested, but no coronavirus infection confirmed.

Neighboring Kuwait announced 10 new cases, bringing the total number to 56.

A ministry official urged citizens to avoid gatherings to avoid spreading the virus in the Gulf state.

In Bahrain, they postponed two oil and gas conferences, which were to take place this month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The annual Middle East Petroleum and Gas Conference (MPGC), at which the region's oil traders meet, to be in the second half of the year due to travel restrictions and health concerns, the organizers said on Monday.

Another energy conference, GEO 2020, which was due to be on March 16-19, will be on Sept. 14-17 instead.

Bahrain has reported 47 cases of the coronavirus infection.

Airlines have been suspending flights or modifying services in response to the outbreak.

The pathogen originated in a market that sold wild animals in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

The WHO says the virus appears to particularly hit those over the age of 60. Besides, people already weakened by other illness. It has a mortality rate ranging between two and five%.

Infections are now rising faster abroad than in China, as the country's drastic measures. This includes quarantining some 56 million people in Hubei province since late January, appear to be paying off.

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