MID­DLE EAST & ASIA Ebola: Saudi stops hajj visa to Guinea, Liberia cit­i­zens

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Saudi Ara­bia yes­ter­day an­nounced in Riyadh, a ban on is­su­ing hajj and um­rah visa for cit­i­zens of Guinea and Liberia be­cause of re­ported cases of Ebola in­fec­tion.

The Saudi Min­istry of Health said that the con­cerned bod­ies in the two coun­tries had been re­quested to stop is­su­ing visas for people from Guinea and Liberia.

It said this had be­come im­per­a­tive be­cause Saudi Ara­bia at­tracted an­nu­ally, mil­lions of vis­i­tors for re­li­gious tourism and that the holy cities of Mecca and Me­d­ina could be with high po­ten­tial of con­ta­gious dis­ease trans­mis­sion.

It added that the risk of the dis­ease and its easy spread­ing among crowds was of great con­cern. It high­lighted that the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion had not re­quested any ban on trav­el­ling to Guinea and Liberia, but the de­ci­sion came as a pre­cau­tion mea­sure.

It said WHO re­ported that 112 Ebola cases were reg­is­tered in Guinea, 70 of whom died, while seven sus­pected cases were reg­is­tered in Liberia. It said the risk of death of con­firmed cases is es­ti­mated at 62 per cent. (PANA/NAN)

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