22 deaths worldwide from coronavirus: UN

Last Updated: May 23, 2013, 23:59 PM IST

Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there are now 22 deaths worldwide out of 44 lab-confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.

WHO officials have reported another fatal case of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, in central Saudi Arabia, but say it is not related to the cluster of cases reported from the country`s east.

The UN health agency today said in a statement, citing information from Saudi Arabia`s health ministry, that the latest fatality is a 63-year-old man with an underlying medical condition who was hospitalised with acute breathing problems five days before he died on May 20.

At the WHO`s annual meeting in Geneva, agency officials said four of every five cases affect a man and that patients` average age is 56.