Just months ahead the annual Hajj pilgrimage, South Arabia on Thursday, made a tough decision to halt travels to Islam’s holiest place Mecca, since confirmed cases keeps adding up in the Middle East.
All visits to the holiest sites have been suspended and more than 220 confirmed cases have been recorded.
The tough decision by Saudi Arabia 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. It also said travel was suspended to Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Medina.
The sturdy decision was as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and its spreading into the Middle East.
According to Al-Jazeera News, Iran is the epicenter of the Middle East and most cases confirmed are from there.
“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 outbreaks,” the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement announcing the decision.
“We ask God Almighty to spare all humanity from all harm.”