Saudi Arabia bars pilgrims as coronavirus cases spread

Posted by News Express | 27 February 2020 | 1,050 times

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Saudi Arabia has stopped foreigners from entering the country for religious visits, including to the two holiest sites in Islam - Mecca and Medina.

Millions of people go to the country throughout the year for Umrah with a big surge in visitors during the Hajj pilgrimage.

It's unclear if Hajj, which is due to begin in late July, will be affected.

The country has also barred visitors from countries where the new coronavirus has spread.

Saudi Arabia has no confirmed cases of the disease. (BBC)



Source: News Express

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