CoronaVirus : Saudi Arabia govt suspends pilgrimage entry visas
Feb 27, 2020 World 1179 By Afam Jude Offor
Saudi Arabian government on Thursday, February 27 suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to visit the holy city of Mecca over coronavirus fears. This was announced by the foreign ministry of the Kingdom in a statement sent to journalists. “The government is suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet's Mosque temporarily,” part of the statement read. Some Gulf states like Iran are already battling with coronavirus with 17 recently declared dead. Iraj Harirchi, Iran’s deputy health minister, was recently infected and has been placed under quarantine. After the announcement confirming Harirchi had the virus, the deputy health minister posted a video saying he had the disease and had quarantined himself at home.