Saudi Arabia suspends Umrah pilgrimage over Covid-19 fears

Riyadh, 4 March : Saudi Arabia on Wednesday suspended the year-round umrah pilgrimage to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah over coronavirus fears, the interior ministry said.

The Gulf state has decided "to suspend umrah temporarily for citizens and residents in the kingdom", the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The decision comes after Saudi Arabia last week suspended visas for the pilgrimage and barred citizens from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council from entering two of Islam's holiest cities.
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