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Saudi Arabia suspends entries for Umrah from coronavirus-hit countries

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Saudi Arabia suspends entries for Umrah from coronavirus-hit countries

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Feb 27, 2020 - 11:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended entry for people who want to perform Umrah pilgrimage in Meccainfo-icon or visiting Madina and tourists traveling from countries where the coronavirus infected people.

"Suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet's Mosqueinfo-icon temporarily", Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The new precautions are based on the recommendations of the competent healthinfo-icon 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, the source said.

The statement said that the measures were taken for the protection of local people and people visiting Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah or for tourism purpose.

The move from Saudi Arabia comes as the number of people infected with coronavirus is increasing across many countries, particularly in the Middle East.

Many countries have blocked their borders with the countries where the virus has widely spreaded.

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