JEDDAH — The Command and Control Center of the Health Ministry has announced that 21 new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were detected in the Kingdom in a week.

According to the center, the youngest of the patients was a 16-year-old girl who got infected by mixing with patients at her own home and the oldest was an 80-year old woman, who was believed to have contracted the virus from a hospital.

The center said as many as 12 of the cases were hospitalized, six were secluded at their homes and three died.