Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to go to Mecca over coronavirus fears, the overseas ministry stated.
The federal government is “suspending entry to the Kingdom for the aim of Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque briefly”, the overseas ministry stated in an announcement, referring to the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that may be undertaken at any time of 12 months.
Umrah attracts tens of hundreds of religious Muslims from everywhere in the globe every month.
The overseas ministry stated it was additionally suspending visas for vacationers visiting from nations the place the brand new virus is a “hazard”.
Even because the variety of contemporary circumstances declines on the epicentre of the illness in China, there was a sudden improve in components of Asia, Europe and the Center East.
Iran has emerged as a significant hotspot within the area, the place 15 folks have succumbed to the illness — formally referred to as COVID-19.
The Gulf states of Kuwait and Bahrain have additionally introduced further circumstances this week.
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