Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the 2019 haj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. File photo: APMuslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the 2019 haj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. File photo: AP
Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the 2019 haj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. File photo: AP

Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia halts travel to Islam’s holiest site to prevent spread

  • Decision comes as growing number of cases outside China deepened fears of a pandemic
  • It was unclear if the haj pilgrimage, which is scheduled to begin in late July, would be impacted

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the 2019 haj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. File photo: APMuslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the 2019 haj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. File photo: AP
Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the 2019 haj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. File photo: AP
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