Saudi Arabia bans foreign pilgrims due to Coronavirus

There’s been a lot of updates – with new cases confirmed in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. So here’s a round-up of the latest:

  • Saudi Arabia has banned foreigners from entering the country for pilgrimages as well as tourists from countries where the coronavirus has spread
  • Death tolls rises to 22 in Iran
  • The UK announced two more cases, bringing the total to 15
  • European countries declare more infections, including the first case in Romania
  • Japan plans to close all schools from 2 March in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus
  • There are doubts whether the annual Hajj pilgrimage – a major event for Muslims globally – will go ahead in July and August in Saudi Arabia
  • More countries are putting emergency plans in place, including Australia