Anti-coronavirus measures intensified at Two Holy Mosques

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Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais said it was important to intensify anti-coronavirus measures and boost coordination between all parties that were concerned with the safety of the pilgrims. (SPA)
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Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais said it was important to intensify anti-coronavirus measures and boost coordination between all parties that were concerned with the safety of the pilgrims. (SPA)
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Updated 02 March 2020

Anti-coronavirus measures intensified at Two Holy Mosques

  • Mohammed bin Musleh Al-Jabri: The measures undertaken include using a machine that sprays sterilizer on surfaces, distributing hand sterilizers at the entrances and all prayer rooms
  • Mohammed bin Musleh Al-Jabri: The measures also include providing emergency washers when needed, sterilizing the Zamzam water fountains, changing the used containers and cups

MAKKAH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques intensified precautionary measures against coronavirus to ensure the safety of visitors to the Two Holy Mosques.

There was also a field inspection from Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, who leads the presidency. He said it was important to intensify anti-coronavirus measures and boost coordination between all parties that were concerned with the safety of the pilgrims.

“The measures undertaken include using a machine that sprays sterilizer on surfaces, floors and carpets, distributing hand sterilizers at the entrances and all prayer rooms, sterilizing carpets by adding a sterilization line to the carpet washer, accelerating the carpet changing rate in the Grand Mosque and raising the number of main carpet washings to six,” said Mohammed bin Musleh Al-Jabri, who is the deputy president for technical and services’ affairs.

“The measures also include providing emergency washers when needed, sterilizing the Zamzam water fountains, changing the used containers and cups and closing the air conditioner return estimated at 25 percent in the second Saudi expansion so that 100 percent of the air becomes dedicated to air conditioning and cooling.”

Last month the Kingdom temporarily suspended entry for individuals seeking to perform the Umrah pilgrimage in Makkah or visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, as well as tourists traveling from countries where coronavirus poses a risk as determined by the Kingdom’s health authorities. These countries include China, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Kazakhstan.

Citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have been temporarily banned from entering Saudi Arabia’s holy cities Makkah and Madinah.


Saudi Arabia records 401 new coronavirus cases

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has recorded 15 new deaths and 401 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. 
The new cases bring the total number of people who contracted the virus to 343,774 cases. These include 8,343 active cases receiving necessary medical care. 791 of them are critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
The ministry also recorded 466 cases that have recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 330,181.
The new deaths put the toll of fatalities at 5,250.