Foreigners have been barred from entering Saudi Arabia  following fears about the spread of coronavirus.

According to Evening Standard, this new development does not exclude those coming to visit the holiest sites in Islam.

In the Middle East, 220 cases of the Covid-19 illness have been recorded also putting into consideration precautionary measures considering the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

There have been no confirmed cases in Saudi Arabia yet. According to officials, the bar is temporary but no date for lifting it has been given..

The decision stops foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day.

The centre of the outbreak in Iran, the most-affected country in the Middle East, appears to be in the holy Shiite city of Qom, where a shrine there sees the faithful reach out to kiss and touch it in reverence.