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
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

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
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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