Saudi Arabia suspends visas for pilgrims
The Kingdom has started denying entry over COVID-19 fears
The government is "suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet's Mosque temporarily", the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Umrah attracts tens of thousands of Muslims from around the world each month.
Arabian Business noted that though cases of the virus within China have dropped, there has been a spike across the rest of Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Within the region, Iran has emerged as one of the worst impacted areas. Following a surge in reports, Kuwait and Bahrain airports both suspended all Iranian operations earlier this week.