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Saudi urges elderly to avoid hajj pilgrimage over virus fears

Saudi Arabia on Saturday urged elderly and chronically ill Muslims not to perform the hajj pilgrimage, to curb the spread of the MERS coronavirus which has killed 38 in the kingdom.The health ministry issued a set of conditions for people wanting to perform the annual hajj, which this year falls in October, or the year-round omra or minor pilgrimage.They recommend postponing the omra and hajj this year "for the elderly and those suffering chronic illnesses, like heart, kidney, respiratory diseases, and diabetes".People with immunity deficiency, as well as children and pregnant women, are also listed, according to a ministry statement posted on its website.The statement did not set an age limit, and it was not clear if the recommendation implies that no visas will be issued for such pilgrims.The ministry said that the conditions were part of "preventive measures special to the MERS coronavirus".The kingdom is battling to contain the spread of the SARS-like coronavirus, which has infecte...

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