Saudi Arabia’s Hajj and Umrah minister urged Muslims to wait until there is more clarity about the coronavirus pandemic before planning to attend the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Speaking on Al-Ekhbariya television, Minister of Haj and Umrah Dr. Muhammad Saleh Benten said: “We have asked the world not to rush with regards to Hajj groups until the path of the epidemic becomes clear, keeping in mind the safety of pilgrims and public health as a priority,”
“We have coordinated with the Ministry of Health an inspection tour of hotels that were used for quarantine to ensure that all services and care are provided to pilgrims,” he said.
Every year some 2.5 million pilgrims visit Makkah and Madinah for the Pilgrimage (Hajj).
Saudi Arabia’s health ministry announced 110 new cases of novel coronavirus, along with 2 new deaths.
The case total in the country has reached 1,563 and the total death toll is now 10.
Of the 110 new cases, 33 were reported in the capital Riyadh, 29 in Jeddah and 20 in Makkah. 7 cases were reported in Al-Qatif and 4 in Al-Khobar.