The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has suspended the entry of individuals seeking to perform the Umrah pilgrimage in Mecca over fears of a coronavirus outbreak.
The Suspension affects all those intending to do a pilgrimage to mecca, those visiting the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, as well as tourists traveling from countries where the coronavirus poses a risk as determined by the Kingdom’s health authorities.
In a statement that was posted on twitter, the new precautions are based on the recommendations of the competent health authorities to apply the highest precautionary standards and take proactive preventive measures to prevent the emergence of the coronavirus in the Kingdom and its spread.
This development comes at a time when there has been an increase in the number of corona virus-infected persons in the middle east especially Iran whose death toll is the highest outside China.
Due to the increasing number of Coronavirus victims in the Middle East, countries such as Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Iraq, and the UAE have all suspended their flights and also closed their borders from People Travelling from Iran and China.
Despite the fact that there no coronavirus victims detected in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but the rapid increase of coronavirus in Iran raises fears of spread across the Middleeast