However, Saudi Arabia is ready to deal with the situation. 25 hospitals are ready to handle any coronavirus cases that might be detected in the kingdom. As part of precautionary measures, Saudi Arabia closed its borders to foreign umrah pilgrims.

Fears for Hajj, Umrah as coronavirus reaches Saudi Kingdom

Moreover, last week, Saudi Arabia halted Umrah trips to the two holy cities due to the coronavirus scare. The kingdom said the suspension is temporary and subject to regular review. However, pilgrims who are planning to visit the Holy place are now fearing if they will be given an opportunity to visit the Holy Kaaba.

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source: Middle East Eye

Thousands of Pakistanis have submitted their application for the Hajj scheme, despite dangers of novel coronavirus looms. To date, some 66,585 Hajj applications have been received in 13 designated banks across the country.

For Muslims, performing Hajj is one of the lifetime dreams. Many are currently finalizing plans for hajj pilgrimage, which begins at the end of July. In conclusion, it is unclear when the country’s restrictions will be lifted.

Coronavirus outbreaks worldwide

Furthermore, in Iran, the number of those infected rose by 523 to 1,501. The death toll from the virus rose from 54 to 66. The virus has killed more people in Iran than anywhere except China. A team from the World Health Organization arrived in Tehran on Monday with medical supplies, protective equipment for health care workers. They also provided laboratory kits to test nearly 100,000 people.

Around 89,000 people are so far infected with the virus worldwide. The first new cases were reported on Monday in Andorra, Armenia, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Iceland and Indonesia.