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Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry has confirmed that eight more people have died after contracting a lethal Middle East virus related to SARS, bringing its total death toll to 102. The ministry said it had detected a total of 16 cases of what has been dubbed ‘Middle East Respiratory Syndrome’ coronavirus over the past 24 hours. The latest cases bring to 102 the number of people who have died after contracting the disease in Saudi Arabia since September 2012. A total of 339 cases have been recorded to date in the kingdom, which has been the site of the bulk of confirmed infections. Among the latest dead were a child in the capital, Riyadh, and three people in the western city of Jeddah, which has seen a spike in infections in recent weeks. The ministry also reported confirmed cases in the city of Tabuk, near the border with Jordan. More