Saudi Arabia’s Mecca Slashes Allowed Pilgrim Numbers Due to MERS-CoV Virus Threat

An article from the International Business Times
July 26, 2013
Saudi Arabia’s Mecca Slashes Allowed Pilgrim Numbers Due to MERS-CoV Virus Threat

 

July 26, 2013 -- Saudi Arabia's Mecca, the country's holiest city being the home of Mohammed and site of pilgrimage and travel for millions of Muslims, has slashed the allowed number of pilgrims to enter its perimeters as a counter measure to the fatal MERS-CoV virus threat.

Government as well as health officials from Mecca announced the allowable number of pilgrims to enter the holy city will be reduced to half for those coming within Saudi Arabia, while the number of foreign Muslim pilgrims will be slashed to 20 per cent.

This, even as the World Health Organisation (WHO) continued to reiterate that the risk from the MERS-CoV virus threat is "very low."

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