Saudi Arabian authorities have stopped Muslim worshippers from getting into and praying on the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina in a bid to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus. 

“The Presidency and the security and health authorities decided to suspend the presence and prayers in the outer squares of the Grand Mosque [Masjid al-Haram] and the Prophet’s Mosque [Masjid al-Nabawi] starting tomorrow, Friday,” the nation’s official SPA information company quoted Hani bin Hosni Haider, a spokesman for the Common Presidency of Mecca’s Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, as saying.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia suspended congregational prayers in different mosques within the nation besides Masjid al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabawi.

The variety of confirmed circumstances of the virus within the nation totals 274.

The novel coronavirus, formally often called COVID-19, emerged in Wuhan, China final December and has unfold to a minimum of 160 nations and territories. The World Well being Group has declared the outbreak a pandemic.

The variety of confirmed circumstances worldwide totals 242,721 whereas the loss of life toll exceeds 9,860 and over 85,600 have recovered, in line with knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins College within the US.