Video shows empty Kaaba as Saudi shuts Mecca for pilgrims amid coronavirus dread
Videos of empty Kaaba, one of the holiest sites in Islam, is going viral on Social media. The Kaaba in the Grand Mosque is usually packed with pilgrims and worshippers can be seen in the video to be completely devoid of any people. According to sources entry was temporarily closed in order to disinfect the Kaaba and the area surrounding it, Republic Word reports.
Last week the Saudi Government had decided to restrict the entry of all foreign pilgrims in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus in case it was brought into the country by a pilgrim. The government's decision comes months ahead of the annual 10-day pilgrimage of Hajj.
Iran has reported over 3,500 cases reported and 108 deaths. The coronavirus and the fear it has caused around the world has not only affected international business but also affected tourism, sports events, and schools. According to reports, almost 300 million students have been sent home worldwide due to closure of schools in an effort to limit or contain the spread of the virus.