Saudi Arabia cancels Umrah pilgrim visits over coronavirus fears
According to the Arab News, Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned Umrah pilgrims from visiting the country because of the coronavirus outbreak in many of the nations.
International Muslims come to the Kingdom to conduct Umrah in Makkah and visit Madinah in Masjid-e-Nabawi.
Tourists from countries where the virus spread has also been prohibited from entering the Kingdom.
Saudi health authorities have said the ban is one of many precautions they are taking. They are monitoring the situation closely too.
Saudi nationals were instructed to keep their identity cards with them as they traveled to other places.
A case of coronavirus has yet to be identified in the region. Saudi nationals have been contaminated in other countries however.
The WHO confirmed in a statement that the virus is spreading faster outside of China than it is within.