Saudi Arabia, the location of the two holiest cities in the Islamic world, Mecca and Medina, that attract millions of worshippers each year, said on Thursday that it was temporarily suspending pilgrimages to halt the further spread of the virus. Photo: Reuters

Coronavirus: Iran outbreak raises fears of mass Middle East contagion as pilgrims and workers move across borders

  • Iran has confirmed 388 virus cases and 34 deaths, with dozens of cases in neighbouring countries linked to people who travelled to Iran
  • Saudi Arabia has banned foreigners from making pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina to halt the further spread of the virus
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Saudi Arabia, the location of the two holiest cities in the Islamic world, Mecca and Medina, that attract millions of worshippers each year, said on Thursday that it was temporarily suspending pilgrimages to halt the further spread of the virus. Photo: Reuters
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