Saudi Arabia suspends umrah over COVID-19

by BERNAMA / pic by AFP

RIYADH – The Saudi Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday the temporary suspension of Umrah for citizens and residents as part of preventative measures against novel coronavirus outbreak, reported Xinhua news agency.

The ministry, in a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency, said the decision will be cancelled if the virus risks pass.

Saudi Arabia registered this week the first coronavirus case of a Saudi national who came back from Iran via Bahrain.

The Health Ministry said on Wednesday that his condition is stable.