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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia temporarily prohibits pilgrimages to Mecca


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

The Saudi Kingdom has announced restrictive measures against citizens from coronavirus-affected countries.

Riad has announced that pilgrims will be temporarily barred from entering Mecca in order to implement “international standards” to combat the spread of coronavirus worldwide.

The Kingdom says that these procedures are temporary and subject to continuous evaluation by the competent authorities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges citizens not to undertake travel to countries where coronavirus (COVID) is spreading,” – the government note.

At the same time, Saudi Arabia announced the ban on entry for tourists who previously traveled to countries affected by the virus.

There are already several Middle Eastern countries where coronavirus cases have been confirmed, with at least 139 infected in Iran, 33 in Bahrain and 26 in Kuwait.

According to the latest available data, there are over 81,000 cases of infection of the new Chinese coronavirus, with a toll that speaks of about 2800 victims worldwide.

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