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Saudi Arabia

Is SARS Back? Similar Virus Kills Five In Saudi Arabia

AL JAZEERA (Qatar), LE MONDE, AFP ( France), SPA (Saudi- Arabia)


RIYADH – Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has announced that five people have recently died from a new SARS-like virus, and that two more are being treated in an intensive care unit, reports Al Jazeera.

The statement, released late Wednesday night, noted that the five deceased were all residents of Al-Ihsa province in eastern Saudi Arabia, reports AFP.

Known as novel coronavirus or HcoV-EMC, the virus was first detected in mid-2012, and is a cousin of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which triggered a worldwide scare a decade ago when it erupted in East Asia, reports Le Monde.

According to Al Jazeera the health ministry said it was taking “all precautionary measures for persons who have been in contact with the infected people, and has taken samples from them to examine if they are infected as well.”

Sixteen people have now died from 23 cases detected in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Germany and Britain. Saudis have accounted for most of the deaths, with 11 people, including the five new fatalities

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that a 73-year-old Saudi man died in Munich, Germany in March from the lethal new virus. However, the organization does not yet know how the virus is transmitted or how widespread it is due to lack of information.

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How A Xi Jinping Dinner In San Francisco May Have Sealed Mastercard's Arrival In China

The credit giant becomes only the second player after American Express to be allowed to set up a bank card-clearing RMB operation in mainland China.

Photo of a hand holding a phone displaying an Union Pay logo, with a Mastercard VISA logo in the background of the photo.

Mastercard has just been granted a bank card clearing license in China.

Liu Qianshan


It appears that one of the biggest beneficiaries from Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to San Francisco was Mastercard.

The U.S. credit card giant has since secured eagerly anticipated approval to expand in China's massive financial sector, having finally obtained long sought approval from China's central bank and financial regulatory authorities to initiate a bank card business in China through its joint venture with its new Chinese partner.

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Through a joint venture in China between Mastercard and China's NetsUnion Clearing Corporation, dubbed Mastercard NUCC, it has officially entered mainland China as an RMB currency clearing organization. It's only the second foreign business of its kind to do so following American Express in 2020.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the development is linked to Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting on Nov. 15 with U.S. President Joe Biden in San Francisco, part of a two-day visit that also included dinner that Xi had with U.S. business executives.

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