The Oman Ministry of Health has reported the 6th Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection of the year, according to a MOH Twitter post today.

MOH officials say the patient has been given the necessary medical treatment. Earlier this month that two patients died of MERS-CoV.

Including this case, a total of 16 laboratory confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection have been reported by Oman since 2013.

The surge of MERS cases in Saudi Arabia continues as the Saudi Arabia Health Ministry reported an addition nine MERS cases. Seven of the cases reported are from Wadi Aldwasir of which two people had contact with camels before they became ill, two are classified as secondary healthcare cases, one is listed as primary exposure, and sources are still under investigation for two.

The remaining two cases reported today were from Riyadh, bringing the total in the city to 12 this year and 57 total in the Kingdom.