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Saudi Arabia reopened the Grand Mosque in the city of Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in the city after they closed to sterilize them with the aim of stopping the spread of the Corona virus in the country, state news television reported on Friday. Saudi Arabia has announced the registration of five cases of the virus. </p><div> <p>Saudi Arabia restored Friday <strong>Opening of the Grand Mosque </strong>In the city of Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in the city after they were closed to sterilize them with the aim of stopping the spread of the Corona virus, according to official TV news.
Saudi Arabia has closed the two mosques to foreign visitors and tourists from about 25 countries to stop the spread of the virus. She stated that citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and residents who wish to enter the country must wait 14 days after returning from outside the region.
Saudi Arabia reported the monitoring of five cases. It was not clear from the news report if it would allow visitors to return to the two holy mosques.
On Thursday, social media circulated pictures and recordings that showed the Kaaba in the middle of the mosque’s nave on a single white floor surrounded by plastic barriers, along with a group of security and cleaners.
So far, the authorities have reported five cases of people who have returned from Iran, with 107 people dying from this virus.
Saudi Arabia decided on Wednesday to suspend Umrah “temporarily for citizens and residents” in the Kingdom to avoid the spread of Corona virus “and prevent its access to the Two Holy Mosques.”
And Riyadh had decided earlier to suspend the entry of those wishing to perform Umrah temporarily.
France 24 / Reuters / AFP