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In unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimages over virus

Feb 27, 2020 19:38 IST

In an unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia on Thursday halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears of coronavirus just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage. The move comes after the Mideast has reported over 240 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The extraordinary decision by Saudi Arabia stops foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba. The decision also affects travel to Prophet Muhammad's mosque in Medina. Authorities also suspended entry to the kingdom to those with tourist visas from nations affected by the new virus.

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