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Saudi halts Pilgrimage To Mecca, Medina Over Coronavirus

Web Desk‌Updated: Friday Feb 28, 2020

Saudi Arabia has suspended travel to  Islam’s holiest site of Mecca just months ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, as more than 220 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the Middle east.


The current ban prevents foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba – the cube-shaped structure the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims pray towards five times a day. The prohibition also applies to Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Medina.


"Saudi Arabia renews its support for all international measures to limit the spread of this virus and urges its citizens to exercise caution before travelling to countries experiencing coronavirus, " the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement announcing its decision.