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Saudi Arabia reopens Mecca, Medina holy sites after coronavirus closure: state TV

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    Reuters

Cairo, Egypt   /   Fri, March 6, 2020   /   07:25 pm
Saudi Arabia reopens Mecca, Medina holy sites after coronavirus closure: state TV This combination of pictures created on March 5, 2020 using handout images released on Thursday by Maxar Technologies shows a crowd at Mecca's Grand Mosque and the Kaaba on Feb. 14, 2020 (top) and a much smaller group of visitors on Tuesday, a day before fears over the novel coronavirus led to the suspension of the 'umrah' pilgrimage. (Satellite image Maxar Technologies/AFP/File)

Saudi Arabia reopened two of the most holy religious sites in Islam, Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca and Al-Masjid al Nabawy in Medina, after they were closed for sterilization to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, state TV Al-Ekhbariya reported on Friday.

Saudi Arabia closed the sites to foreign pilgrims and traditional tourists from some 25 countries to stop the spread of the virus. It also said that citizens and residents of Gulf Cooperation Council countries wishing to enter must wait 14 days after returning from outside the region.

Saudi Arabia has reported five cases of the coronavirus.

It was not clear from the Al-Ekhbariya report if pilgrims would be allowed to return to the sites.